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Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Bill Introduced by Sens. Wyden and Crapo

Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 Would End Transfers of Cash from Land Management Programs

WASHINGTON—Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID) have introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235) with support from a bi-partisan group of their Senate colleagues including Senators Risch (R-ID), Baldwin (D-WI), Gardner (R-CO), Bennet (D-CO), Daines (R-MT) and Cantwell (D-WA).

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 National Smokey Bear Awards

The 2015 National Smokey Bear Awards nomination period is now open.

This prestigious award program recognizes organizations and/or indiciduals for outstanding service in wildfire prevention programs.

These awards remind us of the hard work our employees and cooperators do to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires.  National Association of State Foresters is proud to continue this award program with our partners at the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council.

Washington State Forester: "Our Forests Are Stressed Out"

Washington Department of Natural Resources officials think thinning and restoring more forests on public and private lands throughout the state could help prevent another wildfire season like 2014, which was the most destructive in state history.

The agency is asking the state legislature to quintuple the amount spent on forest hazard reduction in the next two years — a $20 million request that state forester Aaron Everett called “ambitious and aggressive.”

“We think it’s warranted in light of the fire season we just had,” Everett said.

Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Bill Introduced by Reps. Simpson and Schrader

Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 Would End Transfers of Cash from Land Management Programs

WASHINGTON—United States Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (H.R. 167). The bill would change how the federal government budgets for wildland fire suppression to eliminate the need to transfer funds from critical forest conservation and management programs.

Watch GoPro Camera Footage from the Front Line of a Wildfire

The Geronimo Hotshots are one of seven Native American hotshot crews in the United States who are sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

This revealing documentary features GoPro footage from the Geronimo Hotshots’ 2013 fire season, shot by crew member Samson Belvado and put together by the The Atlantic filmaker Sam Price-Waldman.

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Colorado Becomes Third State to Achieve 100 Firewise Communities

More than 100 Colorado communities have now earned Firewise Communities/USA® recognition for taking steps to reduce their wildfire risk.

“Reaching the one hundred community benchmark is a major accomplishment,” said Cathy Prudhomme, the community outreach program manager for the National Fire Protection Association’s Wildland Fire Operations Division. “Until now, only two of the program’s 41 participating states have achieved that level of participation.”

FY 2013 Communities at Risk Report

The National Association of State Foresters has released the FY 2013 Annual Report on Communities at Risk. 

The National Association of State Foresters continually surveys all states to determine progress in identifying communities at risk and developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

This report helps provide a national snapshot of wildland fire risk, preparedness and capacity.

The FY 2013 data were collected through the U.S. Forest Service’s National Fire Plan Operations & Reporting System, and reflects data accomplishments through September 30, 2013.

Planning for Wildfire Season: Oregon’s Blue Mountains

Along with many public-agency and landowner partners, State Forester Doug Decker and the Oregon Department of Forestry are taking a major step toward a better future in wildfire management across broad landscapes.

Foresters know that some ecosystems depend on periodic fires in order to remain healthy. Many forests have evolved to withstand the flames, and rely on low-intensity fire every five to 15 years to remove undergrowth and prevent large catastrophic wildfires.

USDA Forest Service calls for bioenergy products in wildfire country

The USDA Forest Service has requested proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

The grants and cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement will support the Agricultural Act of 2014, and the nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from the National Forest System and other forest lands in a manner that supports wood energy and wood products markets.

Learn about the Wildland Fire Decision Support System

Moose Creek district ranger Joe Hudson and Byron Bonney, retired fire staff officer, worked together in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest to make better tactical decisions for the Johnson Bar Fire.


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