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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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Happy Colorado Public Lands Day!

To recognize the irreplaceable values provided by Colorado’s public lands, Colorado established a day celebrating the importance of public lands in 2016. It’s celebrated on the third Saturday of each May. For the past few years, the NFF has proudly celebrated Colorado Public Lands Day alongside our partners at the USDA Forest Service and around our state.

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NFF Grant Partners and Projects

Growing Towards A New Style of Land Management in Alaska

The Tongass Transition Collaborative, supported by a Community Capacity and Land Stewardship grant from the National Forest Foundation, was created to ensure stakeholders are involved as the Tongass implements the Transition. Members include native corporations, local and national nonprofit organizations, and local businesses.

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Creating Sedona’s Western Gateway Trails

The 1998 revised Coconino National Forest Plan identified the Western Gateway area as an area of high importance. The revision identified the project area for use as a “trail access hub” to host a robust non-motorized trail system. Over the next two decades the project evolved into a community driven ~29-mile trail system with a major restoration component, approved on May 31, 2018.

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NFF Corporate Partners

Green Biz 2020: Key Takeaways from Corporate Sustainability Leaders

For the first time, National Forest Foundation (NFF) staff joined one of the leading sustainability conferences in the nation. The GreenBiz 2020 conference brought together more than 1,400 leaders in sustainability, including leading American corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations in Scottsdale, Arizona for three days to explore the nexus between business and sustainability.

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Wildlife

What Happens to Wildlife During a Wildfire?

So, what exactly is the impact of forest fires on wildlife? It turns out that like most things in life, it’s a mixed bag. On one hand, wildfire is a natural part of the ecosystem in the western United States, and wildlife has a long relationship with it. Some species even benefit from the blazes. On the other hand, of course fire can be dangerous to animals and plants that can’t outrun it.

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Paddling

A Paddler’s Guide to Leaving No Trace

There are few things out there as memorable or rewarding as an overnight river trip. It doesn't matter the river type—whether it's full of technical rapids or deep, languid flat water—there's just something about paddling to a campsite that can't be beaten. But of course with all good things, it pays to be diligent and responsible in order to keep them good. So, here are some simple ways to minimize your impacts while paddling, so that you (and others) can enjoy these natural places for many more trips to come.

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Ten of the Best Places to Paddle on National Forests

In 2013, we posted a blog called “14 Best Places to Canoe and Kayak on National Forests.” Two years later, it’s still one of our most popular blogs. We thought we should add a few gems we missed and highlight some of the other best places to paddle on our National Forests.

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Wildfire

Columbia River Gorge 2.5 Years After the Eagle Creek Fire

Have you hiked or driven through the Columbia River Gorge since the Eagle Creek Fire? Many places look different but life is returning to areas that the fire impacted. We recently worked with professional photographer Richie Graham who used his lens to show how life in the Gorge is returning and to the work the NFF is doing to reopen trails.

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Women Forged by Fire: Lacey England

This post is part of a series that is a companion to the feature article in Your National Forests Summer/Fall 2017. Get to know the women featured in the article a bit more through this series

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Wilderness

Exploring a Classic Backpacking Route in the Sipsey Wilderness

The first time I hiked in the Sipsey Wilderness I felt like I’d wandered into some strange oasis. With deep canyons, high waterfalls, and forests of hemlocks and mountain laurel, the Sipsey seems out of place in north Alabama. It’s as if, by some miracle, a 25,000-acre chunk of North Georgia was transported 190 miles to the West.

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Eight of My Favorite Wilderness Areas in California

Travel in California and you will experience diverse Wilderness areas spanning coast to alpine and desert to montane. There are 149 wilderness areas in California ranging in size from six acres to 3.1 million. They cover nearly 15 million acres—roughly 15 percent of the state.

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Wilderness 101

Today the National Wilderness Preservation System contains nearly 110 million acres of lands enjoyed by all Americans. These wilderness lands all exist within our National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges and Bureau of Land Management Lands.

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Treasured Landscapes

Fourteener Stewardship Moves Forward in 2020

After months of planning and preparation, Find Your Fourteener campaign partners are preparing for the biggest season yet in terms of dollars invested and work completed. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused plans to shift, evolve and adapt, many fourteener-related projects are moving forward as planned.

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Big Chief: Truckee’s New Favorite Mountain Biking Trail

The Truckee Trails Foundation’s (TTF) newest Big Chief Trail, funded by the National Forest Foundation’s Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences Program, was a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service – Truckee Ranger District that grew out of a mutual desire to build a legal, non-motorized trail connection between Truckee and the Tahoe Rim Trail to the south.

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