Forest restoration work helped firefighters stop Boyds Fire

Tom Merritt's Eastern Washington home is about 15 miles away from where Boyds Fire broke out on the evening of Aug. 11. Perched high up on a hill, he saw smoke and watched as the fire rapidly grew. 

"I was watching it from the deck of my house in Colville and I was like, 'Oh, that thing is getting after it,"' Merritt recalled. 

And it did spread fast. 

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Bend & Sway
Get Out Fest Brings the Outdoors and Families Together

Get Out Fest is a weekend-long event that aims to highlight the abundance of free family-friendly outdoor recreation opportunities that the area has to offer. Several area clubs plan to participate in group-led events that people can sign up for. Events include a fun run on the rail trail and a mountain bike ride and hike on the nearby Kettle Crest Trail, part of the congressionally recognized Pacific Northwest Trail.

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Mitch Crane
Innovation of the Month: Mill Creek A to Z Stewardship Project

The U.S. Forest Service features many different innovations that highlight stories of people across the agency finding creative ways to be more efficient in their work, whether through use of new authorities, new technologies, or new partnerships. This month, the featured the Mill Creek A to Z Stewardship Project and the lessons we learned.

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Mitch Crane