Stories From the Forest
Here are a few more detailed examples of how the contributions of our members and supporters are making a positive impact on our world this year.
A working forest, Bladen Lakes State Forest stretches across nearly 33,000 acres of southeastern North Carolina. The area is popular for hunting, camping, horseback riding, and stargazing. The forest also helps to clean the air and water, prevent soil erosion, and provide wildlife habitat.
Framed by major migratory bird flyways, the Fremont-Winema National Forest offers a variety of landscape settings ranging from towering snow-capped peaks to wide-open sage basins. This 2.3-million-acre forest is known for its many recreational opportunities, scenic vistas, and wild places where visitors can still find solitude.
Spanning 11,600 acres in west-central Iowa, Loess Hills State Forest is a beloved hiking destination offering visitors spectacular views of the forest, prairies, and the Missouri River bluff. The distinct landscape was formed 10,000–20,000 years ago due to glacier melt and supports a unique diversity and abundance of wildlife.
Little Orange Creek Preserve covers nearly 2,900 acres of the upper Little Orange Creek watershed. This diverse patchwork of wetlands features a series of public trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It also provides habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals including bears, deer, coyotes, bobcats, otters, and many wading birds.
Home to cities including Fredericksburg, Culpeper, Falmouth, Orange, and Tappahannock, the Rappahannock River Watershed accounts for approximately 2,700 square miles of land in Virginia. It is home to one of the largest nesting bald eagle populations on the east coast as well as an abundance of other wildlife.
Located in the Piney Woods of East Texas, this 5,600-acre preserve is ecologically diverse. The rare combination of swamp, open-floor forest, and southern pineland sustains numerous animal and plant species — including one of the last remaining longleaf pine stands in Texas.
Located just south of Yosemite National Park, the Sierra National Forest is one of the most popular National Forests in the country. And it’s no wonder. More than 1.3 million acres of rugged wilderness areas, spectacular mountain scenery, and numerous opportunities for recreation await the more than 726,000 visitors each year.
Home to Portland and the 187-mile-long Willamette River, the Willamette River Basin is located in northwestern Oregon. The river itself is home to aquatic wildlife including Chinook salmon, steelhead, and lamprey. The area also provides habitat for a wide range of plants and animals in addition to supporting agricultural, aggregate, and recreation industries.