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Weekly Newsletter
June 11, 2021

NASF News

This weekend is your last chance to submit your pick(s) for NASF's current achievement award names [NASF Newsroom]

Every five years, the NASF Awards Committee selects a new slate of names for NASF's current and lifetime achievement awards. You have until Sunday night to submit your nomination(s) for naming NASF's current and lifetime achievement awards. Please note: the call for nominations for 2021 NASF Awards (i.e. award recipients) will go out Monday, June 14.
Coalition letter sent to congressional leaders in support of investments in wildfire resilience and forest roads [NASF Newsroom]

NASF and eleven other natural resources organizations have sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting that forests be included in infrastructure legislation.
Non-federal WFLC partners distribute 2021 Fire Letter [NASF Blog]

The non-federal members of the Wildland Fire Leadership Coalition (WFLC) have released this year's fire letter.
NASF states support for the Invasive Species Prevention and Forest Restoration Act [NASF Newsroom]

NASF has written a letter in support of the Invasive Species Prevention and Forest Restoration Act of 2021 (H.R. 1389), applauding the bill's aim to improve programs intended to prevent the introduction and impacts of non-native forest pests.
NASF president calls on federal government to treat wildfires as an emergency in America [NFPA]

(Blog post) According to NASF, to take care of the tremendous fuel reduction and restoration needs of our forests, the country must treat 5 million acres per year on top of our current activity (roughly three million acres per year).

In Your State

Helge Eng joins DNR as new state forester for Alaska [KSRM]

Helge Eng joined the Alaska Department of Natural Resources as the director of the Division of Forestry and Alaska State Forester, after a 21-year career at California’s forest management and wildfire fighting agency.

Eng succeeds Chris Maisch, who retired as director and state forester in February after 21 years with the forestry division.
Partnerships aim to improve health of Idaho forests as fire season lengthens [KTVB]

State Forester Craig Foss says 8 million acres of Idaho's forestland are in declining condition, leaving them at high risk of insect problems, disease, and wildfires.
Washington DNR addressing hardwood shortage [Peninsula Daily News]

Hiring a program director to generate more cedar and alder availability for mills won’t come too soon for officials from Pacific Northwest Products LLC of Forks and Port Angeles Hardwood.

More from Washington: 

A year and a half after opening its Spokane Valley timber factory, Katerra suddenly shuts its doors [Inlander]

2020 wildfires left precious endangered species habitat in Central Washington ‘nothing but ash and dust’ [Seattle Times]

As wildfire season approaches, state crews use 'thinning' to limit danger at Green Mountain [Kitsap Sun]

Cooler weather aids firefighters battling blaze on Oregon-Washington border [Seattle Times]
In Oregon: Experts warn of urban dangers ahead of wildfire season [KATU]

The Almeda Fire burned through the towns of Phoenix and Talent in September of 2020, destroying large sections of town. That fire didn't start or burn in any forested areas and instead torched residential areas.

More from Oregon:

Oregon sees most human-caused fires in 10 years [Washington Examiner]

Getting a first-hand look at burned trails closed in the Santiam State Forest [KGW 8]

Joseph Canyon and Dry Creek fires dying down [East Oregonian]

USFS reverses course, allows some firefighting contractors to fix applications [KATU]

Oregon lawmakers vote to defund forest research institute over lobbying scandal [The Center Square]

Independent expert gives state hazard tree removal program clean bill of health [Oregon Live]
CAL FIRE inmate fire crews cut by more than half, reducing critical firefighting resources [ABC 7]

"Our winter preparedness time has shrunk significantly. We used to see... five to six month fire season in the region. Everybody's calling it now a 'fire year,' because it's really lasted nine to 10 months."

More from California: 

'In desperate need of these programs': California to close inmate firefighting training center [NBC News]

Here's how CAL FIRE crews rebuild forests after fires -- and how you can help [KCRA]

As wildfires decimate the giant sequoia, California faces unprecedented loss [LA Times]

Napa County will explore wildfire prevention sales tax [Napa Valley Register]

Prepare to check air quality during wildfires, make a ‘clean room’ at home during smoky conditions [Noozhawk]
In Nevada: Sandy Valley Fire southwest of Las Vegas grows to 1,500 acres, human-caused [KTNV]

Precautionary evacuations have been recommended to all residents and commercial buildings on Potosi Pass Road. Individual notifications have been made.
Here’s the latest on Arizona’s Mescal, Telegraph and Slate fires [KTAR]

The Mescal Fire has burned more than 72,250 acres and is 77% contained as of Friday morning. Also as of Friday morning, the Telegraph Fire is 40% contained, has consumed 86,529 acres and burned 20 structures, and 914 personnel are assigned. 

More from Arizona: 

The area around Arizona’s wildfires is so dry, firefighters’ heavy equipment is causing small flareups [Local News 8]

2021 Arizona wildfire season already burning more than 6 of the last 20 years [ABC 15]

State foresters begin fuel-thinning project near Apache Junction [KJZZ]

With Arizona fires, is the air safe to breathe? [AZ Central]

Eastern Arizona wildfires choke New Mexico air quality [Yahoo]
We've heard a lot about fire danger in Utah recently. Is anybody listening? [KUTV]

“We still are seeing far too many human-caused fires,” said Kait Webb with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. “It has not dipped.”
Wyoming officials report 300% increase in fires inside national forest since last year, and here’s why [East Idaho News]

“People just aren’t thinking of fire safety at this time of year. It’s like folks assume because it’s spring they don’t need to worry about putting out their campfires. It is early but it only takes a couple of days of warm, dry weather to dry things out.”
From Colorado: Ecologist says intense fires like Calwood endanger regeneration prospects for ponderosa pine forest [Denver Channel]

"What we're seeing, especially in these lower elevation ranges of Colorado, is it's getting a little hotter, a little dryer... and these massive fires that aren't leaving any trees behind. We don't have that seed source, so we're not going to get that natural regeneration."

More from Colorado: 

14 wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico create hazy skies to Southwest Colorado [Durango Herald]

Before a prescribed burn comes a ton of planning [Durango Herald]

Logging operations underway to increase aspen health in White River National Forest [Post Independent]

BLM headquarters in Grand Junction sits mostly empty [The Journal]
In New Mexico: Johnson Fire burning nearly 47,000 acres of forest land [Silver City Sun News]

Three thousand more acres of the Gila National Forest are burning as part of the Johnson Fire since Tuesday, totaling nearly 47,000 acres of land. The wildfire was ignited by lightning May 20, 11 miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. It grew in size quickly, and continues to do so. 

More from New Mexico: 

Southwest utilities bet on solar, storage for resilience against wildfires [Energy News Network]

Ceremony held for wildland firefighter who was killed in the line of duty [KOB 4]
How the surge in lumber prices is affecting Texas landowners [Market Screener]

"Landowners have been struggling to get their timber harvested for a while. The mills are producing more wood than they have before, but it's still not to the capacity of how much timber is being grown in their areas."

More from Texas: 

Backroads: ‘Witness trees’ abound in county [Killeen Daily Herald]
From Mississippi: Stop invasive species in YOUR tracks [Mississippi Forestry Commission]

(Press release) "What we want people to understand is that not everything in our forests is native to the area," said Russell Bozeman, MFC state forester. "Humans actually play a role in not only the spread of invasive plants and insects, but also in preventing their spread."
In Alabama: Timber values stagnant as lumber prices soar [Yellow Hammer]

Towering pines line roadways in Alabama, a state where construction is booming, and lumber prices are soaring. Meanwhile, timberland owners whose raw materials are in demand suffer stagnant timber values.
Burn ban in effect in 54 Georgia counties [Smoke Signals]

“Georgia’s 25 million acres of forestland serve a giant air purifier,” said Georgia State Forester Tim Lowrimore. “We can help them do their work by recognizing the burn ban and enjoying the many benefits Georgia’s trees and other natural resources give us in summer and all year long.” 
How a forestry project helps Black families in North Carolina keep their land [Christian Science Monitor]

During the past century, Black families in the U.S. have lost more than 90% of their landholdings, often due to factors related to their race. But a new initiative is fighting that trend, helping them generate income from their land and making sure it stays in the family.
From New Hampshire: Foresters, loggers grapple with loss of markets for low-grade wood [Patch]

"Sawmills have invested heavily into new technology, which means more production, but the logging community is definitely unequivocally getting smaller and smaller and smaller."
Munch munch: New York trees under attack by gypsy moths [Daily Gazette]

But the problem isn’t just the trees in Shapiro’s yard, the caterpillars are just about everywhere you look. Hundreds are crawling across his patio, drowning in his pool, and eating his raspberry and blueberry plants.
Beech leaf disease added to Maine’s invasive species list after Midcoast confirmations [Pen Bay Pilot]

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has announced that beech leaf disease, already leading to the decline and mortality of beech trees from Ohio to Southern New England, has arrived in Maine's forest.

More from Maine: 

From mill explosion to pandemic, Maine's wood products industry had a rocky year [Maine Public Radio]
From Wisconsin: The dangers and costs of infested ash trees [Wisconsin DNR]

(Blog post) The emerald ash borer (EAB) will kill nearly all of Wisconsin’s ash trees that are not protected by insecticides. To help the public understand why it’s important to act against EAB, the DNR created a publication aimed at homeowners that addresses the dangers and costs of infested ash trees. 
Missouri Dept. of Conservation: Emerald ash borer reported in 89 counties [KFVS]

“Landowners often notice woodpecker damage on their ash during the winter months — typically the first sign of EAB in an area,” said MDC Forest Entomologist Robbie Doerhoff. “By the time you notice this type of damage, it is generally too late to save your tree with insecticides.”

Understories

USDA Forest Service Chief Christiansen announces August retirement [USDA Forest Service]

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and hard work over the years. I am so proud to be one of you—to share in the mission of the Forest Service, which has always been my personal mission as well."
As wildfire threat rises, at-risk communities eye new defenses [Wall Street Journal]

Experts say new building materials, architectural detailing, landscaping choices and even road design will enhance fire safety in communities in the West and other parts of the country.
Increasing resilience, carbon storage through in-forest biochar production [Fire Adapted Network]

(Blog post) Our forests are at risk of wildfire when we need them to be climate solutions. Perhaps the answer to this problem lies in giving waste a fertile future.

More forest market and product innovation news: 

(Press release) Forest Products Laboratory announces grants with U.S. Endowment [USDA Forest Service]

(Blog post) Inaccurate portrayals of forestry and wood biomass persist [Forest2Market]

Lumber executive sees further relief in sky-high prices, says delaying building projects makes sense [CNBC]
3 reasons companies are investing in forest conservation and restoration, and how they do it [Forbes]

Companies from across industries are investing in forests, given their multifaceted potential for risk mitigation alongside the ability to create short-, medium- and long-term value.

Job Board

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To submit a job announcement, please send a summary of the position (two paragraph limit), a link to the full announcement and/or full job description, and a closing date to nasf@stateforesters.org.

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