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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

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

Here’s the STOR-y: The NFF and Gunnison County Team Up to Create Stewardship Jobs

As with many mountain communities in Colorado, visitation to the Gunnison Valley is at an all-time high. Land managers observe that they have never seen our public lands as busy as they have been in recent years. NFF and Gunnison County officials acted urgently this past spring to prepare for the anticipated onrush of summer visitation. The partners quickly hatched the idea for the STOR Corps – a jobs-creation program modeled in-part after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1920’s and in-part after the youth corps model that is so successful today.

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NFF Corporate Partners

Restoring Longleaf Pine Forests and Keystone Species Habitat

Planting trees through our 50 Million for Our Forests campaign has many documented benefits, such as improving forest health, air quality, and watershed stability. Tree planting projects also restore wildlife habitat, including restoring habitat for endangered or threatened species.

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Connecting Forests and Finance

​When we think of our forests, we think of connection. The place we go to feel alive. To grow. To heal. To reflect. It’s an unmistakable and powerful bond to who we are and our bond to the land and its creatures great and small. And today, our forests need us more than ever. As massive deforestation continues and global climate change accelerates, you may often ask yourself: what can I do to have impact?

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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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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

Mt. Columbia: The Final Year of a Historic Project

Mt. Columbia has experienced increasingly heavy foot traffic in the past decade. Prior to the new trail construction, hikers used a social trail that ascended straight up a loose scree field. The lack of a sustainable trail caused heavy erosion and damage to the fragile alpine ecosystem and the unstable trail conditions made for dangerous hiking.

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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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