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Learn About How Wildlife Cope with Wildfire

Many animals and other organisms have evolved to cope with—and even thrive in the wake of—the flames.
 
"Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire", ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan of Ohio State University told National Geographic. "Fire is a natural part of these landscapes."
 
For instance, some predators see the fleeing species as an opportunity for snacking. Bears, raccoons, and raptors, for instance, have been seen hunting animals trying to escape the flames. 
 

Bill Kaage Named Chief of National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management

Bill Kaage has been named chief of the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. He succeeds Tom Nichols, who retired on January 31, 2014.

As the Chief, Kaage is responsible for the overall leadership, policy and program direction for the aviation, structural fire, and wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service.

He will administer a budget that exceeds $90 million in fire and aviation funding for the Service.

Save the Date: NASF, Partners to Launch Wildfire Mitigation Award

Wildland fire training with pulaskisThe National Association of State Foresters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Fire Protection Association are pleased to announce that the Wildfire Mitigation Awards will launch in 2015. The call for nominations will go live in September 2014. 

Letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Federal Excess Property

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) welcomes today’s letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to completely resolve the federal excess property impasse.  

The Senate letter emphasized the importance of federal excess property to state foresters and our partners in responding to wildfire and protecting life and property in communities across the nation. 

NASF Statement on Federal Excess Property

National Association of State Foresters Urges Decision to Fully Free Up Federal Excess Property

State Agencies Rely on Transferred Equipment to Effectively and Efficiently Combat Wildfire

Read the Story Behind Smokey Bear's Hat

Photo of Smokey's hat, courtesy National Museum of American History)The hat seen at the right belonged to a National Forest Service illustrator named Harry Rossoll, and thus to Smokey Bear.

When it Comes to Wildfire Response, Federal Excess Property is a Critical Resource

The recent decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to halt further transfer of excess trucks, generators, pumps, and engine parts will cost states and local fire departments the opportunity to utilize excess equipment to protect lives and property from wildfire.

There are two major federal excess property programs for state foresters:

1. Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP)

Beginning Monday, a Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group has designated the week of June 30 to July 6, 2014 as “A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn” to honor the memories of all fallen wildland firefighters and to reflect on lessons learned from different types of wildland fire accidents.
 

Meet the Pint-Sized Winner of the National Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

Joyce Qin, the 11-year-old Memphis-area girl who became the 2014 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest winner. Looking on from left to right is Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and Renee Green-Smith, National Information Center managerJoyce Qin, 11-year-old Memphis-area student, is the national winner of the 2014 Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Oh, and she's adorable.

New York Times Op-Ed: Paying for the Forest Fire Next Time

Nearly 40 percent of recent development in the West has been in wildland fire zones. This risky pattern makes putting out fires more urgent, more dangerous and more expensive.

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