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National Forests, Conservation  

U.S. Forest Service Reaches Urban Audience with ‘Urban Connections’

by Amanda Patrick

In 2000, the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service began laying the groundwork for Urban Connections (UC), an outreach effort that fosters mutual relationships to connect urban residents and the Forest Service through the conservation and enjoyment of forests and green spaces in the country’s largest metropolitan areas. Read more…

NFF  

Meet Mark - new NFF Director of Eastern Programs

by Mark Shelley

We are excited to welcome Mark Shelley to the NFF team. Based out of Asheville, NC, Mark is our first Eastern Field Director. Previously, Mark worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts and Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. His experience in National Forest issues and passion for the outdoors make him a great new addition to the NFF team. Read more…

Conservation, Treasured Landscapes  

Why Thinning Forests Can Be Good

by Natalie Kuehler

One tool the Forest Service uses to help reduce the risk of uncharacteristically severe wildland fires, such as the Carlton-Complex, is the thinning of densely growing forest stands. Fuels reduction efforts like this are especially effective in areas where historic management practices, including fire suppression, grazing and harvesting, caused extensive changes in forest vegetation. Read more…

NFF  

Moving to the Methow: Meet Natalie

by Natalie Kuehler

Natalie joins us from the Southern District of New York where she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Supporting our Treasured Landscapes work in Washington State, Natalie is the NFF’s Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. We’re excited to have Natalie on board and working to connect Washington communities to their incredible backyard forests. Read more…

Recreation  

Four Tips For Choosing A Hiking Partner

by Emily Olsen

Going for a hike is a great way to enjoy our National Forests, and enjoying a hike alongside a great hiking partner can make trip even better. So what should you look for when choosing a hiking partner? Read more…

Recreation  

Top Ten Cabins on the Tongass National Forest

by Hannah Ettema

Are you planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska? We’ve got the insider scoop on the best places to experience the wilderness of Alaska. Our largest National Forest in the country, the Tongass, includes more than 100 cabins available to rent. At 17 million acres, you’ll truly feel secluded. Our local experts at the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska gave us their favorite and top recommendations for cabins on the Tongass. Read more…

National Forests  

Six of the “Greenest” National Forests

by Hannah Ettema

St. Patrick's Day has us all thinking green. Our National Forests may not always look green but they're certainly doing 'green' things all year round. In honor of the holiday, we selected some of our National Forests where you're most likely to see green. Read more…

National Forests, Recreation  

Powder Hounds and Access to Play

by Emily Olsen

With 60 percent of all alpine skiing happening on National Forests, powder hounds are recreating on many National Forest lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the ski industry have enjoyed a unique history since the first ski resorts – Sun Valley, Alta, and others –opened. However, the origins of recreational access for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, or any other use is more complex than you might expect. Read more…