The Virginia Department of Forestry has developed an application called InFOREST to enable city and county planners, landowners or anyone interested in understanding how land-cover changes impact nutrient and sediment loading to Virginia streams and rivers.
NASF has been hard at work on a new and improved website. The new site is designed to make NASF information and resources more accessible to members, partners and the public. It also boasts an enhanced document library and an electronic store for educational materials.
This week's newsletter is a hint of what the new website will look like. So be on the lookout for a new site coming to you next week!
If you were wondering what Sarah McCreary is up to post-NASF, Roll Call wrote a great story about her new role at Hamburger Co., a Democratic political and media consulting firm.
As communications director, Sarah will be working on the firm's branding, message development and web strategy efforts. She was an invaluable part of the NASF team and we wish her success in her new endeavors!
The United States Department of Interior (DOI) is reviewing of all of its internal wildland fire programs with the goal of identifying duplication of efforts that could be eliminated. The study is required by the House Committee on Appropriations and will help DOI determine the most cost effective and efficient means for implementing the wildland fire management programs.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture hopes trained sniffer dogs can become a new line of defense against emerald ash borers. Initial results are promising and they hope to start demonstrations this week.
Alaska Division of Forestry officials have set up a new website that lets people offer heavy equipment or other services for fighting spring and summer wildfires, streamlining a process that previously included a 22-page form.
The Urban Forestry Administration, like most U.S. city agencies, can only do so much thanks to diminishing resources. With only 19 certified arborists to care for the 140,000 street trees that are planted across the District, the city is asking caring citizens to help its trees. Washington DC is putting its saplings up for adoption, with a high-tech twist.
An al Qaeda magazine has called for Western Muslims to wage war within the United States, urging them to engage in lone wolf attacks, including setting forest fires. The magazine focused on forest fires citing that there has been rapid population growth in forested areas in the United States.
An impressive lineup of world-class experts and leaders has been assembled for Forest Products: Solutions for a Global Green Economy, an international convention held by the Forest Products Society on June 3-5, 2012 in Washington, DC. The technical program has 160 presentations covering topics that include greenbuilding, biomass conversion, nanotechnology, bioenergy feedstock, tropical hardwoods and many more. Learn more and register on the Forest Products Society's conference website.
The Forest Service has released its 2012 call for nominations to fill four of fifteen positions on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program and related natural resources. Nomination(s) must be received (not just postmarked) by May 31, 2012.
States in the south and northeast continue to look for solutions to the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that kills ash trees.
In response to the Senate Agriculture Committee's adoption of their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, NASF released a statement, finding that the bulk of the legislation is consistent with their platform.
The USDA Forest Service is seeking applicants for the Station Director for the Pacific Southwest Research Station. The director is the administrator responsible for Forest Service research in the geographical areas of California, Hawaii and other U.S. Pacific Islands.
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. John Rosenow of the Arbor Day Foundation credits strong partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service and NASF in the progress that has been made in the conservation of trees and forests.
Officials with Texas Forest Service and The Texas A&M University System unveiled new web applications that will help homeowners and communities determine wildfire risk -- and take measures to mitigate potential hazards. Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or TxWRAP, allows users to identify wildfire threats for a particular area based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions, terrain and potential fire behavior.
The Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF) seeks a Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy Regional Support Project Contractor to provide staff assistance to the association in its work on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (202) 526-4805 by May 8.
The Friday newsletter will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. Watch for the new edition with a new look and feel on May 11. Thanks for your patience!
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discussed the federal government's readiness for the upcoming wildfire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and public lands. The Secretaries were joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and National Predictive Services Program Manager of the National Interagency Fire Center Ed Delgado.
NASF recently signed on to a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee urging support for the inclusion of permanent reauthorization of the Stewardship Contracting Authority in the 2012 Farm Bill. Stewardship contracting offers forest managers the use of innovative contracting methods to achieve forest management objectives, increase and diversify job opportunities, and lengthen work seasons. Reauthorization would restore and foster healthy forest ecosystems and provide stability and employment to rural communities.