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US Forest Service HistoriCorps Program Honored by National Trust for Historic Preservation

An HistoriCorps volunteer smooths a log to be used in the restoration of the Saguache Ranger Station on the Rio Grande National Forest. The restoration effort helped the U.S. Forest Service earn a 2011 National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

An HistoriCorps volunteer smooths a log to be used in the restoration of the Saguache Ranger Station on the Rio Grande National Forest. The restoration effort helped the U.S. Forest Service earn a 2011 National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The U.S. Forest Service’s HistoriCorps program in Golden, Colo., is one of 23 award winners honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation during its 2011 National Preservation Conference Oct. 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. Read more »

Wilderness Rangers Have Work Cut Out for them in Washington’s Backcountry

Volunteer Wilderness Rangers trudge up Granite Mountain. Photo by Kelly Sprute.

Volunteer Wilderness Rangers trudge up Granite Mountain. Photo by Kelly Sprute.

Hiking the backcountry in a national forest is a special experience where you will see wildlife and nature in its basic elements.  But just in case you run into problems, there are wilderness rangers on some trails to lend a hand. Read more »

Long-time Anaconda Job Corps Employee Leaves Mark on Montana Center

Rosemarie Thomas, office supervisor for the Anaconda Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center

Rosemarie Thomas, office supervisor for the Anaconda Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center

Thousands of young people have successfully passed through the Anaconda Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center in a mile-high valley on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The facility in southwest Montana is on the largest national forest in the state and boasts two wilderness areas and spectacular scenery that goes on for miles. Read more »

Americans Getting More “Real” About their Diets

ERS research shows that people who rate their diet quality more favorably are more likely to share meals with the family. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

ERS research shows that people who rate their diet quality more favorably are more likely to share meals with the family. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

Nutrition advice is all around us—in grocery stores, magazines, public service announcements, and food labels.  We’re urged to cut back on fats, sodium, and added sugars, and eat more fiber, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. But if we don’t think our diets need improving, we may turn a blind eye or deaf ear to dietary advice.  We may think all that advice is directed to someone else. Read more »

A 5th Anniversary for the Forest Service National Library Celebrates 100 Years of History

As far back as 1902, a national U.S. Forest Service library formed with the transfer of 3,000 books from the Department of Agriculture library. It grew steadily over the years providing a range of services to research customers. Gradually interest grew in expanding service to other Forest Service employees outside of the research branch and to consolidate into fewer locations.

However, over the decades, and because of its evolving decentralized organization structure, large parts of the Forest Service and the public ended up without access to library services. Read more »

Foreign Delegations Tour US Forest Service’s State-of-Art Interagency Fire Center in Boise

: Remote Automated Weather Station. These stations, strategically located throughout the U. S., monitor the weather and provide data that assists land management agencies with a variety of projects such as monitoring air quality, rating fire danger and providing information for research applications.

: Remote Automated Weather Station. These stations, strategically located throughout the U. S., monitor the weather and provide data that assists land management agencies with a variety of projects such as monitoring air quality, rating fire danger and providing information for research applications.

The Forest Service has managed wildfires for more than 100 years and is considered the best wildland fire organization in the world. As leaders, we are continually striving to gain a better understanding of fire behavior with cutting edge research and technology. Sharing our expertise through international exchange programs is critical to advancing natural resource protection and wildland fire techniques worldwide. Read more »