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House introduces fire funding solution bill

A broad coalition of conservation, timber, tribal, recreation, sportsmen and employer groups praised Representatives Simpson (R-ID) and Schrader (D-OR) for introducing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 3992) that would create an emergency funding process for fire response.

House Introduces Fire Funding Solution Bill; Broad Coalition of Forest Interests Support

February 5, 2014                                 

For Immediate Release                                                                         

Jon Schwedler, The Nature Conservancy
916/769-4728 jschwedler@tnc.org

Genevieve O’Sullivan, National Association of State Foresters
202/624-5415 gosullivan@stateforesters.org

                    

 

Course on Assessing Wildlife Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone to be held in Missouri

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and expand your knowledge about effective wildfire hazard mitigation techniques at the upcoming 2-day workshop on March 1-2 sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation & Development Council and the Missouri Department of Conservation's Forestry Division.

Predictions for Alaska fire season 2014

Fire seasons around the country are going to be harder to predict this year, with unusual, colder temperatures in the Lower-48 and warmer temperatures in Alaska.  Maggie Hess and Meteorologist Heidi Strader (from the Alaska DNR and AICC Predictive Services, respectively) remind us that key factors for fire season include June temperatures, lightning distribution, and the timing of rainfall in August as well as these larger driving weather patterns that create extended periods of hot/dry conditions, or cool/wet conditions.  T

Texas students to plant 10,000 trees in Bastrop State Park

In 2011, the Bastrop State Park in Bastrop County, Texas was scarred by a massive wildfire that destroyed 96% of the park, 32,000 acres of land and over 1,600 homes.  This February, Aggie Replant, a Texas A&M student organization, will return for a second year to help repopulate the damaged landscape in a multi-weekend effort to plant 10,000

Arkansas faces nearly a hundred wildfires in three days

1,461 acres were burned between Saturday and Monday in Arkansas due to high wind, low humidity, and mild temperatures across the state.  The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) worked in conjunction with local fire departments to suppress 98 fires, which threatened some 43 homes.  Only one home was destroyed; central Arkansas remains on high wildfire danger status.

Joint Fire Science Program needs your input

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) plans to undergo a research initiative which will affect policy, research and management aspects of fuel treatment programs – it will outline future relevant fuel treatment research topics for JFSP consideration.  To increase the relevance of this plan, it is critically important that a wide variety of program leaders, stakeholders, project managers, and practitioners give their feedback.  This questionnaire – one for non-fede

Oregon Sen. Wyden pitches legislation to free up funding for catastrophic wildfires

Wildfires often cause the costliest property damages, causing billions in damage without currently being treated like other large-scale natural disasters. Oregon’s 2013 wildfire season was the most severe in more than 50 years, burning 103,000 acres and costing the state $122 million.

NASF supports language on tanker transfer

On Thursday night the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending the legislation, which sets out policy for the Pentagon for the next year, to the President’s desk for signature. Importantly, the NDAA includes compromise language around an aircraft transfer act included in last year’s NDAA that would have sent 7 C-27J aircraft to the USDA Forest Service – NASF supported this language.

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