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In New Jersey, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Recover from Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Forest Service employee Jordon Sanders from Harlan, IA., waits for military aircraft to drop off more supplies in response to Hurricane Sandy at the Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY, on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012. USDA photo by Dave Kosling.

U.S. Forest Service employee Jordon Sanders from Harlan, IA., waits for military aircraft to drop off more supplies in response to Hurricane Sandy at the Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY, on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012. USDA photo by Dave Kosling.

When Hurricane Sandy was forecast to hit the east coast a little more than two weeks ago, no one would have imagined all the devastation and destruction the storm would leave behind.  In days leading up to the mandatory evacuation of our coastal areas, many residents wondered if this would be a false alarm similar to last years’ evacuation, when Hurricane Irene came barreling through many of our towns.  Although Irene caused considerable power outages, flooding and wind damage up and down the Garden State, nothing can compare to Sandy. Read more »

NRCS Conservation Efforts Benefit the Environment, Boosts Economy in Miss. Delta Town

A tailwater recovery stems traps and circulates water around fields, which conserves water while preventing runoff of sediments and nutrients into nearby natural waterways.

A tailwater recovery stems traps and circulates water around fields, which conserves water while preventing runoff of sediments and nutrients into nearby natural waterways.

Farmers and ranchers who use conservation practices on their land help clean water and air. Their operations are more efficient, and they promote the wise use of natural resources. Read more »

A Fungus Among Us—Author Names Oregon’s Humongous Fungus as one of the Grossest Places on Earth

Armillaria mycelial felts under the bark of a live-infected tree on Oct. 10, 2008. Note the resin exudate on the lower bole; another symptom of Armillaria infection. US Forest Service photo.

Armillaria mycelial felts under the bark of a live-infected tree on Oct. 10, 2008. Note the resin exudate on the lower bole; another symptom of Armillaria infection. US Forest Service photo.

According to Richard Faulk’s book “Gross America”, the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains is “… one of my favorite gross places in America.”

That’s because it is home to arguably the largest living single organism on earth. Read more »

Thanksgiving Holiday Help: Plan Ahead

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is sharing tips that can help take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness. Take advantage of our resources, like the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, to help prepare a turkey that is both delicious and safe for your guests.

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is sharing tips that can help take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness. Take advantage of our resources, like the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, to help prepare a turkey that is both delicious and safe for your guests.

Cross posted from the foodsafety.gov blog:

Let’s face it, in November, a turkey will most likely find its way onto your menu. Planning ahead can help ensure that your special meal is successful, safe, and stress-free. If you have questions, the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline offers planning tips and shares their top turkey questions and answers. Read more »

Creating Healthy Landscapes through the Power of Partnerships

At The Wilds, visitors learn about conservation education and creating healthy landscapes. (Photo courtesy Shannon Wise, The Wilds)

At The Wilds, visitors learn about conservation education and creating healthy landscapes. (Photo courtesy Shannon Wise, The Wilds)

One of the world’s largest wildlife conservation centers, The Wilds, is nestled among the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio’s Muskingum County. Uniquely, the safari park and conservation center is located on top of 14 square miles of reclaimed surface mined lands.

It’s on this reclaimed landscape that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Wilds have partnered together on a grasslands prairie project through a 3-year Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Read more »

US Forest Service Provides Support for Hurricane Sandy Clean-up Efforts in New York City

U.S. Forest Service staff loads relief supplies for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. Forest Service staff loads relief supplies for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

At the height of the hurricane response effort, approximately 1,200 interagency firefighters organized by the U.S. Forest Service were sent to the impacted areas to provide assistance to communities in need. There are many incredible stories to tell of their work, with one fine example coming from a team dispatched from Portland, Ore. Read more »