USFS Accepting Applications For Wood Innovation, Wood Energy Innovation grants

The U.S. Forest Service is currently accepting funding applications for innovation related programs. The USFS’ Kevin Naranjo says one program has been around for a while, and has become very popular. “Wood innovations grants really opened up in 2015 but that program itself has been around a little longer. It’s designed to be able to […]

Kids Encouraged To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Children are encouraged over the next couple of weeks to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Fee free access to over two thousand National Forest and grassland sites for the remainder of the school year is available for 4th and now 5th graders. Al Remley of the Forest Service said access via the  “Every […]

Former Obama Ag Official Looks At Potential Biden USDA

What could the USDA look like under the Biden administration? A one-time member of the Obama Administration recently offered some insight into what the Department of Ag may look like in 2021 and beyond. Phillip Karsting, is the former Administrator of the USDA’s Foreign Ag Service under President Obama, as well as the former Interim […]

USDA Announces First Set of Great American Outdoors Act Projects

This week, the USDA delivered to Congress its priority list of deferred maintenance projects for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2021. The bill, USDA said will protect and enhance the economies of numerous gateway communities that surround public lands by restoring and maintaining critical access and infrastructure. Congress passed the bill in […]

Forest Service Accepting Grants for Innovations in Wood Products, Energy

The Forest Service is accepting applications for innovation grants. Announced Tuesday, the agency has approximately $10 million in funding available through the 2021 Wood Innovations Grant and the 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant. The grants seek to support local economies through wood products and wood energy innovations while reducing hazardous fuels and […]

USFS Promotes On-Line Resources During Distance Learning

With so many students, regardless of age, doing classwork on-line, content is becoming more important for school districts and colleges a like.The U.S. Forest Service is reminding everyone of all of the education materials they make available. The Forest Service’s Heidi McAllister said traditional content such as Smokey Bear and Wildfire Prevention and Woodsy Owl […]

USFS’ Resource Planning Act Due Soon

The 2020 edition of the U.S. Forest Service’s Resource Planning Act Assessment is due out soon. “Recurring assessment of the current status, past trends, and projected futures of the nation’s renewable resources,” noted Claire O’Dea of the U.S. Forest Service. He added specific categories are covered in sub-reports under the RPA umbrella, including a recently […]

Active Wildfire Season Expected For West

What’s the expected outlook for fire season across the west this summer “We’re expecting an above normal fire season Integral factors that are beginning to line up with each other that we tend to see during the busier type seasons,” said National Interagency  Fire Center meteorologist Bryan Henry. He noted those factors include: below normal […]

USFS Hopes Grants Will Spur Innovation

Innovation: and what this means environmentally and economically is the emphasis is of USDA wood innovation grants. “The ability of markets to support our forest management, to support healthy forests and these projects have a connection to rural jobs,” said the U.S. Forest Service’s Brian Bradshaw. “They are going to stimulate and catalyze additional investment […]

WDFW, Producers Work Together To Avoid Wolf Issues

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says some quick thinking, cooperation, and willingness to work outside the norm led to avoiding potential problems between wolves and livestock in North Central Washington earlier this year.  In late May 2019 WDFW confirmed wolves were denning on an allotment in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  Due to previous […]