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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 Forest Foundation

A Sierra Ancha Facelift

Trails that access the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, one of Arizona’s most biologically unique areas, have gotten a major makeover! These

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NFF Grant Partners and Projects

Generando “STEAM” en Arizona: Cultivando una Nueva Generación de Defensores Forestales en el Bosque Nacional de Coronado.

En el NFF, estamos trabajando para derribar estas barreras. En Tucson, estamos trabajando con escuelas secundarias locales para conectar los estudiantes a las oportunidades diversas en el Coronado y tal vez más importante de maneras que resuenan con sus intereses individuales en la ciencia, la tecnología, la ingeniería, las artes y las matemáticas. ¡Sí— estamos tomando un enfoque “STEAM” completo!

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NFF Corporate Partners


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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Do Bears Really Hibernate?

When we think about strategies animals use to survive the winter, we often picture birds flying south and bears hibernating in caves. However, not many animals truly hibernate, and bears are among those that do not. Bears enter a lighter state of sleep called torpor.

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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

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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Women Forged by Fire: Shelly Allen

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

A Better Way to Burn in Arizona

An outstanding obstacle for restoration efforts, especially across Western forests, is what to do with all the unusable woody material that comes from restoration project sites. Air Curtain Burners or ACBs are becoming a huge player in the world of forest restoration, logging practices, and even in generating renewable energy.

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Finding Fourteeners…and Ticking Them off Our Stewardship Bucket List

With the Forest Service and nine other outstanding stewardship organizations, the NFF launched the Find Your Fourteener campaign in 2017 to harness our collective expertise to help ensure sustainable access to Fourteeners. The Find Your Fourteener campaign goal is to increase the pace and scale of improvements to sustainable recreation opportunities on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Read on for what’s on our Fourteeners stewardship bucket list in 2019!

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