Vilsack: Administration Wants More Done To Fight Wildfires

When it comes to fighting wildfires here in the west, the Biden Administration is asking Congress for “a significant increase in the forest service budget, that would allow us to accelerate significantly hazardous fuel removal from our force.” Which is key to reducing the number and severity of wildfires, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack noted. “We’ve […]

Fox Tells The Senate More Must Be Done To Keep Forests Healthy

Forest Health took center state at a Senate Ag committee hearing last week. Joe Fox is President of the National Association of State Foresters. “To maintain our forests as carbon sinks we can’t let them be destroyed by out of control wildfires we must reduce wildfire fuel loads in our forests.” Fox told lawmakers that […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Restore Forests and Grasslands

Late last week, a group of Senators announced the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership Act of 2021. The legislation would formally authorize the Department of Agriculture’s Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Initiative to better support forest and grassland restoration projects across public and private land, including NE Washington. The lawmakers say the bill supports voluntary […]

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 […]