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A man, wildland fire and the need to make a living wage

Forest Service firefighter Thomas Stevens at the Haywire Fire this past summer of 2022.
Forest Service firefighter Thomas Stevens at the Haywire Fire this past summer of 2022. Stevens pay increase allowed him to take less overtime to spend invaluable time with his wife and children.  USDA Forest Service photo by Thomas Stevens. In the heart of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona, Thomas “Tom” Stevens leads a six-man team as a fire engine…
forest service, firefighters, Wildfire Crisis Strategy, Mogollon Rim, Coconino National Forest, arizona

A Christmas Story Worth Telling

A picture of the U.S. Capitol with the Capitol Christmas Tree lit infront at dusk.
​ This year the nation viewed the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree virtually. (USDA Forest Service Photo) Usually when an event as wonderful as the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has its 50th anniversary, the events surrounding it are packed with people ready to celebrate. That was the plan this year, but the Covid-19 pandemic changed…
forest service, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, architect of the capitol, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

Shared Stewardship Project Protects Mountaintop Village

A screnic picture from on top of Mt. Lemmon looking out across a vast landscape in the distance and a fuel break in the foreground.
Fuel break looking northeast toward village of Summerhaven atop Mt. Lemmon. (Photo Credit: Heidi Schewel) Just outside of Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona, the mountaintop village of Summerhaven can breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to the cooperation of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the State of Arizona through shared…
usda, forest service, Coronado National Forest, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Apache Agency, shared stewardship

New tool tests management strategies for ecosystem resilience

Prescribed fire in Ponderosa Pine Forests in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico. United States
Participants listen to a presentation on fire simulation models at a kick-off workshop hosted by Northern Arizona, the Forest Service, and other partners to identify critical climate-fire interactions in Albuquerque, NM. Northern Arizona University Photo/Corrine Dolan The USDA Forest Service has developed a new risk-assessment tool that helps scientists and…
forest fires, forestry, forest service, FireCLIME, wildfire, ecosystems, ecology, rocky mountain research station, Forest Conditions

Partnership Efforts to Address Australia Wildfires

A picture of the Angeles Hot shot crew walking in an open, dry grass area, helping in the fight of Australian bushfires.
A Hot shot crew from the Angeles National Forest aid in the fight of Australian bushfires. Forest Service Photo/John Merager. As wildfires, or “bushfires”, burn throughout Australia, the USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior continue to deploy wildfire personnel to assist with fire suppression efforts. The two departments have sent more than 200…
FAM, Fire and Aviation Management, forest fires, forestry, forest service, International Disasters, International Programs Office, national interagency fire center, wildland fire, australia, fire, partnership, Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council

Hurricane Recovery for Forest and Conservation Nurseries

A picture showing several nursery-grown seedlings in several pots and all lined up.
In September 2017, back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the nurseries at the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and the University of the Virgin Islands Agriculture Experiment Station. Tree Planters Notes Photo/Michael Morgan Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones have caused devastating damage to nearly all of the American-Affiliated islands during…
Nurseries, seedlings, reforestation, and Genetics Resources, RNGR, state and private forestry, restoration, hurricane, cyclone, typhoon, forest service