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Summer/Fall 2015

Hitchhikers Invade: Battling Aquatic Invasive Species

By Greg M. Peters

From thrilling whitewater to placid ponds, the waterways of our National Forests provide us with endless opportunities to fish, paddle and relax. Each year, these ribbons of blue host 46 million visits for ¬fishing alone and millions more for paddling and other water-based recreation. Ironically, those who love these places the most are inadvertently imperiling them by introducing non-native organisms to popular recreational waterways. How? As boaters travel to explore new -fishing holes, rivers and lakeside campsites, “hitchhikers” in the form of Aquatic Invasive Species or “AIS” catch a ride in boat bilges, on trailers or attached to hulls and other gear.

Summer/Fall 2015

Tahoe National Forest: From Shepherds to Ski Resorts

By Jane Braxton Little

Above tree line, the regal peaks of the Tahoe National Forest herald a landscape of towering forests, rushing streams and shimmering groves of aspens. Cirques carved by glaciers cradle alpine meadows lush with spring wildflowers. Dozens of small streams flowing into two major river systems drain the 850,000-acre forest near the northern end of the Sierra Nevada, the mountainous block of granite that tilts along the California border with Nevada.

Summer/Fall 2015

Deeper, Closer, Faster

By Brianna Randall

New river water sports are taking National Forests across the country by storm. Pack rafting, surfing, bellyakking and more.

Winter/Spring 2015

Pushing the Boundaries

By Hannah Ettema

Each winter dozens of hikers scale the peaks of the White Mountain National Forest in winter. From the 'game's' beginning in the mid-20th century to climbers today, the Winter 4,000 Footer Club continues to challenge those who dare to attempt the hikes.

Winter/Spring 2014

Vast and Varied - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

By Kathleen Dowd-Gailey

Few places in our country offer such an abundance of recreational opportunities as the Okanogan-Wenatchee. Whether summiting a technical mountain peak, gliding along miles of perfectly groomed Nordic ski trails, or simply stopping to take in the views along the world famous North Cascades Highway, the Okanogan-Wenatchee offers something for everyone.

Winter/Spring 2014

The Future of Ski Resorts on Public Lands

By Greg M. Peters

Skiing in America is intrinsically and historically tied to our National Forests. The sport’s introduction in America predates the Forest Service’s creation by a couple of decades, and its impact on our forests and surrounding communities is undeniable.

Summer/Fall 2014

The Old Way is the Best Way

By Greg M. Peters

Western Montana's historic Ninemile Remount Depot and Ranger Station stands as a reminder of the past and a hope for the future. Still an active ranch, Ninemile also teaches critical backcountry Wilderness skills necessary for managing these special places across the National Forest System.

Summer/Fall 2013

An Immense Backyard

By Greg M. Peters

Rising straight up from the flats of the Great Basin Desert, the Wasatch Mountain Range towers over the eastern edge of Salt Lake City. These craggy peaks are the heart of the 2.1-million-acre Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWC).

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