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.
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.
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.
One of only two National Forests in New England, the 800,000 acres of the White Mountain are steeped in historical traditions that stretch back thousands of years, providing a home and sustenance for native tribes and early colonists. Walking through the leafy hardwood forests, it’s easy to stumble upon a memory of the past, be it an ancient stone farm wall, logging camp or railroad bed.
The restoration efforts at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in northeastern Illinois aim to bring that beauty back with every non-native plant pulled and with each workday volunteered. One of the few remaining tracts of tallgrass prairie—not only in Illinois, but in the Midwest—Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie offers residents and visitors the opportunity to appreciate what they have and cherish what once was.
On any given day, several thousand people could be enjoying all the recreational opportunities the Angeles National Forest has to offer. From camping to fishing to mountain biking, the forest- and chaparral covered slopes, shady canyons, and high peaks offer a refreshing alternative to the theme parks and malls of the LA basin.
To browse through all issues of Your National Forests, visit the NFF on Issuu.com.