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Friday, April 11, 2014
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. The National Cohesive Wild land Fire Management Strategy divides the nation according to fire risks, and profiles the communities that...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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 www.FACNetwork.org. The purpose of the blog is to enhance networking and dialogue...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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. Rep. Moran (D-VA) questioned Chief Tidwell over proposed reductions to the Urban...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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...
Friday, March 21, 2014
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. Attention has been given...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
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...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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...
Friday, February 14, 2014
Across the Western United States, officials tasked with fighting forest fires worry that a confluence of factors, including climate change and human development, are conspiring to create conditions ripe for a landmark fire year. “Things really are at critical levels in parts of the West, and while we’re hoping and praying...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced a multi-year partnership between the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called the Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership.  This...

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