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Welcome to the National Forest Foundation blog. Explore the various articles to learn more about our forests and places to play.


National Forests  

The Firs: the Best Christmas Trees

by Marlee Ostheimer

Ninety percent of American families pull out their wallets and buy their Christmas tree from a lot or a “cut your own” Christmas tree farm. But if you are craving a woodsier Christmas tradition, consider channeling your inner Paul Bunyan and pull out your saw instead. Getting your tree from a National Forest can be a fulfilling and adventurous family outing, but it does require a few extra considerations. Read more…


NFF Funding Supports Fish Habitat in Colorado

by Scott Reid

Thanks to generous NFF grant funding, the Town of Breckenridge, Colorado has worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps to close and revegetate multiple unsustainable motorcycle trails and roads in an area that provides critical habitat for the native Colorado cutthroat trout. Read more…

NFF, Treasured Landscapes  

Maintaining the Methow’s Majesty: Dozens of Volunteers Plant – and Camp – on the Okanogan-Wenatchee

by Natalie Kuehler

The NFF's Natalie Kuehler and the Methow Valley Ranger District hosted a special volunteer event on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: a two-day Plant-and-Camp that involved thousands of plants, hundreds of pounds of supplies, dozens of volunteers, two agencies, and a helicopter. Sounds like nothing can go wrong, right? Read more…

National Forests, Conservation  

Counting Raptors Flying High in the Sky Over the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

by Natalie Kuehler

There is little more thrilling than standing on the top of a mountain cliff and watching a golden eagle soar past you, followed by sharp shinned hawks zipping by and, if you are really lucky, a rough-legged hawk hovering overhead, wearily looking for prey on its long migration from Alaska. Last week, when I visited the Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Project, that’s exactly how lucky I was. Read more…

NFF, Conservation  

NFF Supports Youth Crew in Minnesota for ATV Trail

by Eric Antonson

This past June, a crew of teens from the Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa completed work along the Big Aspen ATV Trail in the Superior National Forest. The trail, located in northern Minnesota, traverses 20 miles of rolling trails through a large pine and hardwood forest. Several scenic vistas make the Big Aspen ATV Trail an especially popular destination. Read more…

National Forests, Conservation  

Eight Important Facts You Should Know About Post-Fire Restoration

by Dayle Wallien

Wildfire is a necessary and important part of a natural landscape, but it is undeniable that some wildfires have harsh and negative impacts on communities, water resources, outdoor recreation resources, and fish and wildlife habitat. In these cases, post-fire restoration can be crucial to prevent further damage and to spur recovery. Check out eight facts you should know about post-fire restoration. Read more…


Volunteers and Partners Key to success in Gorge Trail Projects

by Ryan Ojerio

Thanks to generous support from the National Forest Foundation’s Forest Stewardship Fund and Skamania Lodge, the Washington Trails Association (WTA) is nearly finished with a year of trail work events where volunteers have restored, improved and even built new trails at popular destinations in the Gorge. Read more…