USDA Forest Service waives fees on Veterans Day
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2010 - Upcoming Veterans Day, November 11, marks the fourth time this year that the U.S. Forest Service is offering national fee waivers on recreation sites.
Drug Trafficking Organizations in National Forests
There have been many recent reports regarding marijuana cultivation on National Forest System lands and those reports have led to concerns about safety risks to visitors and employees on Americas national forests and grasslands. These grow sites do extensive damage to the resource and the mitigation efforts after they are cleaned up, as seen in the photo on the left, are expensive.
USDA Forest Service Builds on Recovery Act Investments to Create More Jobs in FY 2011
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2010 - USDA Forest Service Officials announced today that the agency will build on job creation efforts through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments during the upcoming fiscal year by continuing to emphasize job creation and new partnerships with the private sector to create sustainable, green jobs.
10/31/2010Forest service seeking volunteers to ID pests
10/31/2010Flame out: wet weather, cool summer kept 2010 fire season to historically mild levels
10/31/2010Multi-million dollar land exchange finalized
10/29/2010Pine beetle infestation in South Jersey causes increase in tree deaths
10/29/2010Red River Gorge fire spreads to 400 acres
Forest Products Laboratory's 100-year History
The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin recently celebrated 100 years of wood and forest products research. The Lab has been involved in ground-breaking research with numerous wood product companies across the nation in its 100-year history that is beautifully depicted in this 12-minute video.
Recovery Act jobs reduce the fire risk in Dayton, Nevada
Carson Water Sub-conservancy District (CWSD) working through the Nevada Department of Agriculture and State and Private Forestry received funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to treat Hazardous Fuels and Ecosystem Restoration along the Carson River.
Shades of Green: Alaska's Tongass National Forest
The Tongass National Forest recently completed a 10-segment series about the lives and activities of the forest and communities in southeast Alaska. This short Welcome segment introduces you to the 10 segments of this complete set, titled "Shades of Green: Stories of life and land in Alaska's Tongass National Forest".
National forests light up with fall colors
Get all the latest information about fall foliage color changes on Forest Service lands from the Fall Colors 2010 Hotline - 1-800-354-4595. Stay connected via our Fall Colors 2010 Web site, Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
Weeks Act Centennial Celebration
The Forest Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act by commemorating the historic establishment of our eastern National Forests and the land restoration progress made over the past century.
Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Uses Art to Connect Kids with Nature
Renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman and Wyland, in close partnership with the USDA Forest Service, invite American youth to “get to know” their wild neighbors of other species. The Get to Know Contest encourages young people to develop a deeper appreciation of nature through art, writing, photography and video. In celebration of the 2011 International Year of Forests, the Get to Know Program, the Forest Service, Parks Canada, and the United Nations are sponsoring an all-new Get to Know Contest video category. To enter, youth are invited to go outdoors and create short videos (30 or 60 seconds in length) that convey the theme "This is My Forest". Entries based on a first-hand experience with nature can be submitted online through November 30, 2010.
Planning Rule: The collaborative development of a new planning rule has been in full-swing since the publication of the Notice of Intent in December 2009. The Forest Service has received more than 26,000 written comments on the notice, more than 300 blog comments and hosted more than 40 public meetings throughout the country. The agency is currently finalizing the proposed rule with an expected publication date by December 2010. Upon publication, the Forest Service will offer a formal comment period and will host additional public meetings and collaborative opportunities for the public to discuss the rule.
Jobs and the Forest Service Recovery Act Projects: The Forest Service has 705 Recovery Act projects funded across the nation. Private sector jobs created by these projects are supporting small and minority-owned businesses and helping revitalize rural economies. Recovery Act projects provide multiple resource benefits including healthy ecosystems; reduced fire risk; clean abundant water; safe accessible recreation opportunities; energy-efficient facilities; and technology to convert wood to clean energy on federal, as well as state, private, and tribal owed lands.
Climate Change: The National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change is the Forest Service's blueprint for responding to a changing climate and is part of the overall and ongoing effort by the Agency to restore forest and grassland landscapes. One of the measurement criteria of the Forest Service’s roadmap is a scorecard rating system to be used by all national forests and grasslands to gage the success of efforts to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate.
Water: Celebrate World Water Monitoring Day. In 2009, more than 120,000 people in 81 countries helped share results of testing their water for temperature, acidity, clarity and dissolved oxygen. The international education and outreach program aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens. Results are shared with participating communities around the globe through the organization’s Web site. The goal is to get 1 million people in 100 countries to participate by 2012.
Bark Beetle: Across six states of the interior west, over 17.5 million acres of forested lands are infested by bark beetles which pose a serious health and safety threat to forest visitors, residents and employees. The Forest Service is taking a strategic and science-based response to this infestation to ensure the forests of the interior west provide healthy watersheds, stimulate local economies, are resilient to a changing climate and are restored ecologically over time.
We are entrusted with 193 million acres of forests and grasslands. Its a big task, but one that we take seriously. We are dedicated to restore and enhance landscapes, protect and enhance water resources, develop climate change resiliency and help create jobs that will sustain communities.
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