US Forest Service

Drought is inevitable, a recurring natural event – or series of events – that can be felt over a season or a severe, longer lasting natural event that has social and economic consequences. more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 PM News

Is it possible to simultaneously promote natural resources conservation and the growth of businesses that impact the environment? Yes. One way to do so is through “compensatory mitigation. more »

Mar 18, 2016 10:00 AM Features

Forests in the US's most densely forested and most densely populated region will change radically in the next 50 years, primarily because of the way they are managed – or not managed – today, according to a new report by the USDA Forest Service. more »

Mar 16, 2016 1:00 PM News

Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 329 million board feet in volume in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 21 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015. more »

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation's wildfires more »

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

A set of draft reports analyzing 20 years of monitoring data under the Northwest Forest Plan has been formally released by the Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) today. more »

Jul 3, 2015 12:00 AM Features

A new report identifies natural resources that will be sensitive to a warmer climate in the North Cascades and offers management responses that will minimize adverse impacts on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. more »

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM , Features

The Earth’s soils store four times more carbon than the atmosphere and small changes in soil carbon storage can have a big effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. more »

Oct 16, 2014 12:00 AM , Features

The future is now for the country’s largest national forest. A new era focused on sustainable young-growth management is underway on the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. more »

Aug 13, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. more »

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM , Features

Private development along the edges of most public forests in Oregon and Washington more than doubled since the 1970s, a new study conducted by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific’s Northwest (PNW) Research Station has found. more »

Dec 4, 2013 12:00 AM Features

As trees grow larger in even-aged stands, competition develops among them. more »

Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM , Features

Retaining moderate levels of ‘slash’ linked to increased early growth in seedlings more »

Mar 12, 2013 12:00 AM , Features

Millions of dead and dying trees in the United States must be properly used or disposed of as a result of the devastating effects of invasive insects. more »

Feb 12, 2013 12:00 AM Features

A study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service has produced the first estimate of brown bear population size on the Kenai Peninsula using local field data. more »

Feb 4, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is the focus of new report revealing shifting disturbances within its habitat. more »

Nov 27, 2012 12:00 AM , Features