As Wildfire Season Rages, Moore Takes Over At Forest Service

As the 2021 wildfire season rages on, the U.S. Forest Service announced a new Chief. Randy Moore said the 2021 wildfire season is already a bad one with over 60 major blazes raging with hundreds of other smaller fires keeping crew busy nationwide. Moore noted firefighters are desperately trying to get larger fires under control […]

USDA Announces Assistance For Timber Businesses Impacted By Pandemic

On Tuesday, the USDA announced it is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Department, harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 are eligible for the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance […]

Christiansen We Need To Treat More Forrest Acres

To better contain and suppress wildfire activity the U.S. Forest Service says her department has to treat more land and “up their game”. Chief, Vicki Christiansen recently said between two to three acres of national forest land are treated for wildfire prevention annually. She added, even with strategic planning of treatment in selected fire sheds, […]

Cantwell: Great American Outdoors Act Results In Millions For Washington Forests

On Friday, Senator Maria Cantwell announced that four Washington lands projects, two in North Central Washington, and one each in Kitsap and Clark counties, will receive $14,740,000 to protect salmon spawning streams and other watershed projects. The funding from the Forest Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund via the Great American Outdoors Act passed by […]

USDA Invests $285 Million to Improve National Forest and Grassland Infrastructure

The USDA announced this week it will invest $285 million to help the Forest Service. The hope is the funds will help address deferred maintenance as well as improve transportation and recreation infrastructure on national forests and grasslands. The $285 million investment comes from the newly created National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, […]

Bonnie Stresses Importance Of CCC

USDA’s top official for climate, Robert Bonnie, says moving forward, one of the things he would like to focus on is the Forest Service’s Civilian Conservation Corps, which was set up after The Great Depression. He noted the program creates about 10,000 opportunities annually for young folks, for veterans, and others. “We’ve got an opportunity […]

USDA Forest Service Announces 2021 Grazing Fee

The Forest Service has announced that federal grazing fees on national forests and grasslands will remain at $1.35 per head/month for 2021. A head month is a unit the Forest Service uses to define a month’s use of the range by a cow/calf pair, by five goats or sheep, or by a single bull, steer, […]

USFS Experience Can Help In COVID Distribution

U.S. Forest Service Incident Management Teams have a wealth of experience in response to natural disasters. And as the Forest Service’s Gordy Sachs points out, that experience has come in to play as a part of the national COVID vaccine campaign in staffing vaccination centers across the country. “With the vaccine distribution, we’re helping a […]

Forest Service: Avalanche Season Already A Bad One

The U.S. is roughly mid way through an active avalanche season. “It’s a bad avalanche season nationwide. In fact, in the last 10 days, we have had more record recreational fatalities than ever before than in the 100 years of our database,” noted Simon Trautman is a national avalanche specialist with the Forest Service. “And […]

2020 Ranks In The Top Five Of Acres Burned

If you were to rank this year, in terms of acreage burned by wildfires nationwide, where would it sit? “So far in 2020 we’ve gotten above 9.5 million acres. And currently looking at the modern statistics this ranks # 4,” according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “So if you go back to the previous modern years […]