Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

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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.

USDA Releases State by State Impacts of Limited Wildfire Suppression

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years. The state-by-state report provides examples of how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration, and other activities in nearly every state across the country has been used to instead fight fires when wildfire suppression budgets did not fully cover firefighting costs.

Smokey Bear portraits on display at the Idaho Statehouse

In anticipation of Smokey's 70th birthday this summer, an exhibit of Rudy Wendelin’s legendary Smokey Bear prints are now on display at the Idaho Statehouse.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to view some wonderful artwork on behalf of one of our most treasured icons,” said Idaho Firewise Executive Director Ivy Dickinson.

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Saying Goodbye to Last Surviving Mann Gulch Fire Smoke Jumper

Robert Sallee, who was the last survivor of the Mann Gulch fire, passed away last week at 82 years young.
The fire claimed the lives of 13 firefighters on a Montana mountainside in 1949. 

New Website SouthWRAP Helps Homeowners Determine Wildfire Risk

A new website has been unveiled to help homeowners and communities determine their risk for a wildfire in their area. The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, known as SouthWRAP, allows users to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain. The site also routes users to resources that can help them implement practices to address the threats identified and reduce their risk.

Can goats defend against wildfire?

200 goats from Healing Hooves vegetation management were recently unleashed on a brush-buffet to provide fire protection.  By eating up “ladder fuels,” the goats are able to prevent the quick spread of a large wildfire.  It takes the goats about a day to eat through an acre – which they do with apparent glee.

Meanwhile, the cost of a mechanical crew is between $900 to $1500 per acre; the goats cost just $500.  

Oregon Department of Forestry chronicles massive 2013 fire season through video

After the state of Oregon’s worst fire season in 60 years, the Oregon Department of Forestry decided to chronicle the massive fire season through the video “2013: An Epic Fire Season.”  More than 100,000 acres burned on state protected land and three firefighters were tragically lost in 2013; the video notes in the importance of coordination of federal and state agencies and the relationships with landowners to address the threats.  Says Oregon State Forester Doug Decker, “It was a fire season of a lifetime.”


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