Forest Action Plans

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National Cohesive Strategy to reduce threat of wildfire to communities

On April 9th, the Obama Administration outlined a new strategy to protect communities, businesses and public and private lands from the threat of wildland fire for the 2014 fire season.

“Week of Fire” to be held in Bend, Oregon

From April 7-10, forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend, Oregon to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management.  The week will include the 3rd biennial Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium, the first meeting of the newly formed Oregon Prescribed Fire Council and a four day training course titled, “The Ecological and Social Effects of Fire in Central Oregon.”

House Subcommittee holds budget hearing on USDA Forest Service Budget

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing today on the Administration's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal for the USDA Forest Service with Chief Tom Tidwell was a witness.

New "Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network" blog

The Watershed Research and Training Center and The Nature Conservancy are pleased to announce a new online resource for those working to help communities live safely with wildland fire: the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network blog The purpose of the blog is to enhance networking and dialogue, and increase the sharing of learning and innovations related to community wildfire resilience.

Studies show titanium alloy clubs may be driving force behind golf-course fires

Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, found that under the right conditions, titanium clubs can create sparks that can heat to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to ignite dry foliage.  These lightweight clubs, easier to swing than stainless steels clubs, have the potential to cause sparks when they hit rocks. 

What would a nuclear forest fire look like?

The forests around Chernobyl – the infamous nuclear power plant that exploded 28 years ago – are not decaying properly.  If these forests should catch fire, radioactive material would spread beyond Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation, the off-limits 1000 square miles around the decommissioned facility.

Wildland Fire Assessment Program course offered online

The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council that helps prepare volunteer fire departments to conduct home assessments in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in order to prevent and mitigate damage caused by wildfire. The program includes a four-module online course that covers understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources; a train-the-trainer toolkit; assessment tools; and more.

First annual “2013 Wildlife Emergency Medical Service Award” recipients announced

The National Wildlife Coordinating Group’s Incident Emergency Medical Subcommittee (IEMS) has announced the recipients of the “2013 Wildlife Emergency Medical Service Awards.”  This kicks off an annual awards program designed to honor organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions, or programs in emergency medical service for wildland firefighters.

Fire funding timeline

A recent history of fire funding legislation.

Fire funding talking points

A reference source for state foresters, this document was created to guide conversation regarding fire funding issues, but is not meant to be handed out to decision makers.


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