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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.

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Forest Ecology

Citizen Science 101

If you’re tuned into the conservation community, you might have heard the term citizen science. But what exactly is citizen science?

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Eight Important Facts You Should Know About Post-Fire Restoration

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.

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Why Thinning Forests Can Be Good

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.

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Seven Reasons Why Fish Need Wood

While it may seem counterintuitive, adding large woody material (LWM) , including whole trees, limbed logs and rootwads, to forest streams can provide many benefits to fish.

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Morels: A Treasured Forest Delicacy

The morel mushroom occurs in late spring on forested landscapes that were recently burned by wildfire . Although we don’t know a lot about these much sought-after mushrooms, these delicacies often occur in massive quantities.

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