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Smokey's 70th Birthday is August 9th

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Sign Smokey's 70th Birthday Card!

Essential wildfire prevention information, wildfire science and fighting wildfires are only a few of the items that you can learn on Smokeybear.com, you can also learn about the history of Smokey. There are a number of interactive activities for children to do as well as resource guides that are available. This site contains online activities and materials for youth. While you are visiting Smokeybear.com don't forget to take the Pledge.

Check out the new Smokey Bear 70th Birthday products now available at symbols.gov!

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue”

Image of Disney PlanesThe U.S. Forest Service partnered with Disney, the Ad-Council, the National Association of State Foresters, and the National Park Foundation in efforts to educate the public on how to prevent accidental wildfires.  The Forest Service served as a creative consultant for the soon-to-be-released “Planes: Fire and Rescue.” The Forest Service smokejumpers at the Redding Smokejumper Base in Redding, California will be featured in a Disney channel special on the making of the movie.  Other footage will be included as behind-the-scenes extras when the film is released on DVD.  Public service advertisements, featuring scenes from the film, will help educate the public.  The groups partnered together to create a Fire & Rescue Educational Activity Book.  This activity book contains fire facts and campfire safety tips.  Visit the Forest Service Blog site to learn more about the Forest Service smokejumpers being a part of Disney magic.

50th Wilderness Anniversary

Wilderness: The Importance of Clean Water

Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statements

What’s New

Greater Sage-grouse Comment Periods Closed

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The 90-day comment period for the Greater Sage-grouse draft environmental impact statements and land use plan amendments for Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming have all ended. The total number of substantive comments received was 7,360. We received comments from individuals, state and local governments, and stakeholder groups. The Forest Service and the BLM are analyzing the comments received and will be developing  Response to Comment reports that will be included as appendices in each final environment impact Statement/land use plan amendment.

Next Steps

The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be analyzing the substantive comments received, revising the draft environmental impact statements, and publishing final environmental impact statements, which will include Response to Comment reports. A Notice of Availability for the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Statements is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the fall of 2014.

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Additional Information

Forest Service Begins Dakota Prairie Grasslands Greater Sage-grouse Effort

Photo of a grassy area with little sagebrush.The Forest Service published a Notice of Intent on May 21, 2014, announcing the agency’s intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to amend the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan. The scoping period commenced on May 22, 2014, and will end on July 7, 2014. This effort will analyze approximately 140,400 acres in the planning area and identify management direction to conserve, enhance, or restore greater sage-grouse habitat by reducing, eliminating, or minimizing threats to that habitat. A Forest Service draft environmental impact statement is expected in November 2014, and the final environmental impact statement is expected in June 2015.

Public involvement is essential and a required part of the planning process. The scoping process guides development of the environmental impact statement by helping to identify the relevant issues. The scoping document is posted on the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands website. Comments can be submitted in writing to Dennis Neitzke, Grasslands Supervisor, 1200 Missouri Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58504. Comments may also be sent via email to: comments-northern-dakota-prairie@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to: 701–989–7299.

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Climate Change

Global climate change is altering forest and grassland ecosystems. These lands produce services such as water, clean air, wood products, recreation, wildlife habitats, etc.

Power Line Projects

The Dixie National Forest is the lead forest for three power line projects that will potentially impact all Utah forests. The Forest Service is not the lead agency; BLM is the lead agency.

 




Forest to Faucets Program

The Forests to Faucets Project identifies areas that supply surface drinking water, have consumer demand for this water, and are facing significant development threats.


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