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National Forests Support Recreation Economy

7/23/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Every year, over 160 million visitors head to our National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts contribute more to the economy than anything else the U.S. Forest Service does—more even than timber, grazing, and mineral development combined. Tapping our public lands […] Read more >

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Wildfire Season in Full Swing

7/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Wildfire season is in full swing and states across the West are starting to feel the burn. From the over 20,000 acre Mills Canyon fire in Washington to a wildfire in a remote Wilderness Area in the Sequoia National Forest in California, sparks are […] Read more >

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Wildlife Funding Diverted to Fight Wildfires

6/17/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Just last month, fire crews rescued a group of wolf pups from the almost 200,000 acre Funny River Fire in Alaska. Firefighters found the puppies in the blaze after hearing them yipping, and they are now being cared for at the Alaska Zoo. […] Read more >

Extreme weather in Colorado has included the 2013 flood unleashed by record rainfall. NWF Photo/Kamla Sullivan

U.S. Senator, Scientists Sound Warning on Climate Change

4/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

We know that no place will escape climate change, but sometimes it feels like Colorado is experiencing all the consequences of a warming world at once. Last year, our wildfire season, which keeps getting longer, blew up in early June. […] Read more >

Workers installing rooftop solar panels. US National Forest Service photo by Alex Snyder.

Latest Climate Report Confirms We Have a Climate Problem — Do You Give a Care?

10/9/2013 // By Felice Stadler

If you are still sitting on the fence about whether we contribute to climate change, perhaps the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will help clear things up. Here’s what the IPCC’s headlines say: The Climate […] Read more >

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How Much of Yosemite Will Burn in a Fire Fueled By Climate Change?

8/26/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Last night from my neighbor’s deck, I watched the eerie glow of flames from one of the largest wildfires in California history. At my own house the top of the giant pyrocumulus—a cloud created by the intense heat of the […] Read more >

Dean Peak Wildfire, Arizona (Bureau of Land Management/Herberta Schroeder)

Deadly Wildfires Permanently Changing Arizona’s Desert Forest Wildlife Habitats?

7/1/2013 // By Miles Grant

America’s worst wildfire-fighting tragedy in generations struck on Sunday as 19 firefighters were killed near Yarnell, Arizona. The impacts of the firestorm on wildlife and ecosystems will take much longer to add up, but scientists say there’s evidence the intense […] Read more >

Wildfires, driven by record heat and drought, are the face of climate change in the Southwest. Photo by Judith Kohler.

Wildfire May Wipe Out Town: The Face of Climate Change in the Southwest

6/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The drought-driven wildfires rage on in Colorado. About a week after Colorado’s most destructive wildfire killed two people and destroyed at least 500 homes, a 29,000-acre – and growing — blaze could wipe out a mountain town in the southwest part […] Read more >

If the Keystone XL pipeline is constructed and tar sands development continues unchecked, some herds of Woodland Caribou could disappear in as little as 30 years. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Good and the Bad in the Senate Budget

3/25/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

On Friday, after 14 hours of a Senate procedure called — really — vote-a-rama, the Senate passed the budget resolution proposed by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray last week. Over 500 amendments were proposed, and over 100 were considered. Since the […] Read more >

Black bears across the country are going hungry as extreme heat and drought decrease their food supply.

Over 160,000 Want Climate on the Presidential Debate Agenda

9/28/2012 // By Rachel Arenstein

Thanks to the support of wildlife advocates, yesterday National Wildlife Federation delivered over 160,000 petition signatures to Jim Leher of PBS NewsHour. The petitions, signed by supporters of the National Wildlife Federation and eight partner organizations, including League of Conservation […] Read more >