Stories from the Northern Forest

The Northern Forest is within a day’s drive for more than 70 million people, but some people call this wild wonderland home.

Find out about the people that live, work and play in the Northern Forest and why they want to keep these woods healthy and vibrant for generations to come.

Dan Newton

Dan Newton is an English teacher who explores White Mountain National Forest with his family, finding spiritual faith and inspiration.

Polly Mahoney

Master dogsled guide Polly Mahoney and her 41 dogs lead others on trails and down rivers in the wilderness of the mountains of western Maine.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.