USDA Forest Service

State Foresters to Congress: Fix the Emergency Wildland Fire Funding Problem Today

WASHINGTON (December 11, 2015)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) continues to closely follow Congressional negotiations that address wildland fire funding and forest management reforms.

Jay Farrell, Executive Director of the National Association of State Foresters said today:

“State Foresters, who direct the nation’s state forestry agencies, urge leaders in Congress to act now and support a fire funding fix in the omnibus appropriations bill. 

Jaelith Hall-Rivera Receives Marvin Brown Current Achievement Award for Partnerships

NASF has honored Jaelith Hall-Rivera of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) with the Marvin Brown Current Achievement Award for Partnerships in recognition of her work to build partnerships with state foresters, jointly develop performance measures to capture the importance of work accomplished through State & Private Forestry funding, and explore mechanisms for increasing the ability to target funds to where they will produce the greatest impact. Hall-Rivera is the Deputy Area Budget Coordinator for State and Private Forestry with USFS in Washington, D.C.

Researchers study how much smoke wildland firefighters can handle

Wildland firefighters don’t care to be called “smoke eaters” anymore, but smoke is what’s on their menu.

And it’s on the minds of Joe Domitrovich and Joe Sol at the U.S. Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center in Missoula, where they’re studying just how much smoke a firefighter can eat – or breathe – before health issues start to hurt performance.

Grants Management Training in Denver

The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition is hosting a two-day grants management training August 25-26, 2015 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO.

Lynne Sholty, G&A Specialist at the USDA Forest Service (USFS), will walk attendees through the newly implemented OMB OmniCircular and the USFS’ updated grant requirements for State Forestry Agencies and Universities.

Two Chiefs' Partnership Award nominations due June 15

The USDA Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are seeking nominations for the 2015 Two Chiefs' Partnership Award. Nominations are due by June 15, 2015.

The awards recognize successful forestry conservation efforts made possible through partnerships among the Forest Service, NRCS, State Forestry agencies and conservation districts.  The 2015 Two Chiefs'  Partnership Award cerificates will be given in two categories, individual and group, and will be presented to the recipients by Forest Service and NRCS leaders at an appropriate future venue or by mail.