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To achieve the right habitat conditions, eastern hellbenders need ample forest cover and are frequently found in rocky creeks within hemlock-heavy woods. These fully aquatic salamanders can live 35 years – one specimen (according to @MDC_online) lived to 55! 📸 Brian Gratwicke

Found in permanent streams and rivers across eastern states, from New York to Missouri, these salamanders need cool and clear flowing water because they breathe through their skin 😱. In fact, their lungs are mostly used for buoyancy, not breathing. 📸Nat Gillespie @forestservice

O__O Known as “ground puppies,” “mud devils,” and “snot otters,” eastern hellbender salamanders are the largest species of salamander in North America, reaching up to 29 inches in length! That’s the size of a corgi! 📸: @USFWSNews

The wood of big and old trees hold tremendous value. Large trees store carbon, but also support livelihoods. Scroll through this illustration by @washingtonpost to learn about a 500-year-old Sitka Spruce in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest:

Today is #NationalBirdDay! The American Robin, seen here, can be found in every continental U.S. state (even Alaska!). They rely on urban and rural forests for nesting and feeding. This spring, check your local trees; you might spot a robin’s quintessential blue egg 📸: Rick Neal

NASF wishes you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Hello, 2022!

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