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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.

Recreation  

Five Safety Tips for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

by Greg M. Peters

This summer’s solar eclipse will be an experience you won’t want to miss. Some of the best viewing spots for this exciting event are our very own National Forests and Grasslands! Viewing this year’s Total Solar Eclipse is a great family activity, but you should take a few precautions. Read more…

Recreation  

Seven of our Favorite National Forest Campgrounds in New Mexico

by Suzanne Dow

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 155 National Forests and 20 Grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in our public lands. Here they describe some of their favorite campgrounds in New Mexico. Read more…

Recreation  

Eight of Our Favorite National Forest Campgrounds in Arizona

by Suzanne Dow

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 155 National Forests and 20 Grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in our public lands. Here they describe some of their favorite campgrounds in Arizona. Read more…

National Forests, Recreation  

Those Who Know Snow: Snow Ranger Pro Tips in the Backcountry

by Kate Jerman

Max Forgensi has worked in the snow as an avalanche forecaster, avalanche educator and Snow Ranger for the Forest Service since 2003. We asked Max to share a few “Pro Tips” on how to enjoy a safe and fun winter in the backcountry on the White River National Forest. Read more…

Recreation, Treasured Landscapes  

New Warming Hut Open on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

by Karen DiBari

Snowmobilers and other winter recreationalists on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest now have a shelter in which to picnic, escape the elements and warm up, thanks to the efforts of the National Forest Foundation, University of Idaho faculty and students, the U.S. Forest Service, the Sandpoint Winter Riders and regional partners. Read more…

Recreation  

Born Out of My Firsts

by Monica Curiel

This past fall, the NFF sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument outside of Los Angeles. Special thanks to REI for helping to sponsor the contest and providing prizes for the winning entries. Read Monica's second place entry here. Read more…

Recreation  

A Pilgrimage to Mount Baldy

by Jonathan LaPearl

This past fall, the NFF sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument outside of Los Angeles. Special thanks to REI for helping to sponsor the contest and providing prizes for the winning entries. Read Jonathan's third place entry here. Read more…

Recreation  

Seven Ways to OptOutside on Your National Forests

by Greg Peters

Created in 2015 by REI, OptOutside encourages Americans to spend Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, outside in nature instead of shopping at a mall, watching television or going to the movies. Here at the NFF, we’ll be closed that Friday, and we’ll be foregoing Black Friday deals to OptOutside on our National Forests. Considering joining the movement? Here’s a few ways you and your family can OptOutside on a National Forest or Grassland this Black Friday. Read more…

Recreation  

Slowing Down: My First Sunset in the San Gabriel Mountains

by Michelle Chan

This past fall, the NFF sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument outside of Los Angeles. Special thanks to REI for helping to sponsor the contest and providing prizes for the winning entries. Read Michelle's winning entry here. Read more…