Texas A&M Forest Service News http://tfsweb.tamu.edu This is the syndication feed for Texas A&M Forest Service News. Forester honored by Texas A&amp;M University System <p> Nov. 25, 2015—COLLEGE STATION, Texas —Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service Associate Director William E. Oates has been recognized as a Texas A&amp;amp;M University System Regents Fellow Service Award recipient for 2014 – 2015. The Regents Fellow Service Awards program was established in 1998 and the Regents Professor Aw</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23003 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23003 Houston East End Greenbelt-Green Ambassadors awarded highest USDA honor <p> Nov. 24, 201 5 — HOUSTON, Texas — Going green can change the world; one community at a time. The mission to spread this message brought national recognition to the Green Ambassadors and Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service. Earlier this month, Green Ambassadors from the Latino Legacy program working on the Houston </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23001 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23001 Elevated fire danger this afternoon in the Panhandle <p> Nov. 23, 2015 — AMARILLO, Texas — Elevated fire danger is expected in the Panhandle Monday and Tuesday due to above normal temperatures and low relative humidity. &#160; According to the National Weather Service, southwest winds will sustain at 15 – 20 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. Affected counties include </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22990 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22990 ATTENTION METEOROLOGISTS: Dry cold front brings heightened wildfire potential <p> Nov. 9, 2015 — AMARILLO, Texas —The West Texas Plains is on alert Tuesday and Wednesday as a dry front moves over abundant, dry grasses increasing the potential for wildfires. &#160; According to the National Weather Service, a dry cold front will approach and cross&#160;the West Texas Plains over the next two days brin</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22858 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22858 Texans celebrate Arbor Day at Bush Presidential Library and Museum <p> Nov. 6, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texans from across the state gathered today to honor all of the ways trees enrich lives and stabilize the environment during the State Arbor Day celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station. The festivities closed out a year-long celebratio</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22856 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22856 Hidden Pines Fire Impacts Buescher and Bastrop State Parks <p> <span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_landingPageContent">Texas A&amp;M Forest Service surveyed the 2,312 acres of the Hidden Pines Fire that burned outside the 2011 Bastrop County Complex fire boundary. This area encompasses part of Buescher State Park, private and public property. The state agency estimates that 143,000 out of 233,000 trees were killed in this area, including those likely to die as a result of the wildfire. This translates into a potential $1.8 million loss in ecosystem services — a value placed on the annual social, economic and environmental benefits the trees provided the area before the fire.</span></p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22827 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22827 Texas signs Good Neighbor Authority to keep our forests healthy <p> Nov.&#160;2, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Taking care of America’s lands and natural resources is a big job. No single organization can do it alone. Knowing that we are stronger together — the USDA Forest Service has entered into a Good Neighbor Authority agreement with Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service to help conserve, </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22790 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22790 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service incident management team mobilizes in response to rain and floods The Texas Division of Emergency Management has requested Texas A&amp;M Forest Service assemble and lead an incident management team in response to&#160; heavy rainfall and potential flooding conditions in Hays County. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22764 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22764 Dallas tree climber proves he is the best in North America <p> International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter Steve Houser, shouser@arborilogical.com , 972-877-0361 John Giedraitis, Exec. Dir., ISAT, jpg@isatexas.com , 979-324-1929&#160;&#160; &#160; Oct. 30, 2015 — DALLAS, Texas — Dallas area tree climber Miguel Pastenes took top honors at the North American Tree Cl</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22788 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22788 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service awards $15.7 million in grant funds to volunteer fire departments <p> Oct. 29, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Intense wildfire seasons and life-altering emergencies call for better equipment and more training for our firefighters on the frontline. With over 85 percent of Texas fire departments being operated by volunteers, funding for essential equipment and training can be hard to c</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22762 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22762 Texas claims first-ever Forest Stewardship Forester of the Year <p> Oct. 29, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — National recognition was given to Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service District Forester Russell Lykins for his work in and service to Texas landowners in Cass and Marion counties. Lykins was presented the National Forest Stewardship Forester of the Year award at the National Fore</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22758 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22758 State agency celebrates 100 years while honoring employees at annual meeting <p> Oct. 27, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Over 500 Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service employees came together Tuesday to celebrate the agency’s centennial year and one another. The agency’s annual personnel meeting was held at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum giving all employees the opportunity to view the </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22751 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22751 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service celebrates 100 years of service with 100 trees to 100 communities <p> Oct. 19, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — One hundred communities across Texas are receiving a special delivery of 100 trees in honor of Texas A&amp;M Forest Service’s centennial year, capping off a full year of celebrating the agency’s commitment to conserve and protect Texas’ trees and forests. Aiming to help </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22662 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22662 Firefighters from across Texas mobilize to fight wildfires Firefighters and apparatus from across the state mobilized to assist with fighting fire and protecting homes in Bastrop County on the Hidden Pines Fire that ignited last Tuesday.<br /><br /> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22660 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22660 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service calls in DC-10 to help fight wildfire <p> Oct. 15, 2015&#160; — &#160; COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&amp;M Forest Service has called in a DC-10 air tanker to help battle the wildfire raging through Bastrop County. The tanker can drop close to 12,000 gallons of retardant at a time, spreading a swath three-quarters of a mile long and 500 feet wide. It is al</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22651 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22651 Tree care professionals honored at Texas Tree Conference <p> Oct. 7, 2015 – WACO, Texas – Caring for Texas’ trees takes hard work and dedication. At this year’s Texas Tree Conference over a thousand tree care professionals gathered in Waco to learn from national leaders in research, commercial and utility arboriculture and urban forestry. &#160; “It is an incredible le</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22635 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22635 One Day 4-H project to celebrate Texas A&amp;M Forest Service centennial <p> COLLEGE STATION – This year as part of National 4-H Week and One Day 4-H, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program will partner with the Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service to help celebrate that agency’s 100th anniversary of protecting the citizens of Texas and the country. Each year, National 4-H Week is held so loc</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22559 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22559 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employee receives national communications award <p> Sept. 17, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service Communications Manager Linda Moon received the National Association of State Foresters’ Austin Short Current Achievement Award for Communications at the NASF conference this week in Lake Tahoe, California. &#160; In order to be considered, </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22533 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22533 Wildfire thwarted by county preparations <p> Sept. 16, 2015—BASTROP, Texas— Bastrop is no stranger to the dangers and devastation that wildfire can bring to a community. O ne&#160;weekend proved how reducing overgrown vegetation and implementing other mitigating efforts can decrease the severity of wildfires—potentially saving a community from a destructive fir</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22528 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22528 Prescribed fire workshop planned for East Texas residents <p> Sept. 17, 2015 — SHEPHERD, Texas — Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service will host a workshop called Managing Land and Vegetation in Southeast Texas. The workshop covers how using prescribed fire and fuel reduction treatments can reduce the risk of wildfire. Landowners also have the chance to learn about the science </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22530 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22530 Grant funds available for prescribed burning <p> August 20, 2015&#160; — COLLEGE STATION, Texas&#160; — &#160;East Texas landowners may now be reimbursed for helping to reduce overgrown vegetation on their lands. In an effort to reduce wildfire hazards on private property, Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service is offering grants to conduct prescribed burning. Strategically-planne</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22375 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22375 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service to host workshop on re-establishing landscape in Bastrop <p> July 28, 2015—LA GRANGE, Texas—The wildfires of 2011 caused significant destruction throughout Bastrop County. Residents may now wonder what can be done to reclaim the beauty of the landscape. This question can be answered during Texas A&amp;M Forest Service’s landowner workshop. Attendees will learn how </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22230 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22230 Landowner workshop planned for Lufkin, Overton <p> July 22, 2015 – LUFKIN, Texas – Texas A&amp;M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association are offering a free workshop next month for landowners, foresters and others in the Texas forest sector. Topics include: How to identify the current health of your woodlands; easy-to-follow recipes for increasing woodland hea</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22214 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22214 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employee receives prestigious Smokey Bear Award <p> June 30, 2015—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Preventing wildfires has many benefits. For one Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service employee, helping spread the message of wildfire prevention has resulted in receiving a prestigious Smokey Bear Award. Steve Deffibaugh, a seasonal resource specialist for the agency was awarde</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22103 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22103 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service urges caution during July 4th holiday <p> June 29, 2015—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—It’s that time of year when fireworks stands open and big plans are made for the July 4th holiday. If fireworks, grilling or hanging out by a campfire are part of your celebration this year, Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service urges caution. “According to the National Fire Protection As</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22097 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22097 Southern Group of State Foresters to meet in San Antonio <p> &#160; Southern Group of State Foresters to meet in San Antonio June 18, 2015—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—What’s your question? Trees are the answer. That is what several hundred forestry experts who are converging on San Antonio June 21 – 24 would say. The Southern Group of State Foresters is holding its 2015 conf</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22026 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=22026 East Texas hosts 18th annual Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy <p> June 2, 2015—LUFKIN, Texas—Natural disasters are frequent in Texas. To collaboratively meet the demands of responding to wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and flood events, all-hazard response incident management training is needed—training that emergency responders will receive at the East Texas Interagency Wild</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21925 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21925 Plan My Land Operation online tool now available <p> May 13, 2015—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Want to put in a road on your land? Protect your water resources? Enhance wildlife, harvest trees or clear vegetation? Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service’s newest online tool, Plan My Land Operation, is designed to help you protect your property and ensure sustainability as you begin you</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21849 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21849 Texas Nature Challenge 2015: Get Outside and Start Exploring <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">It’s that time of year again—Texas Nature Challenge 2015 begins this weekend and lasts through July 31.&#160;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Time to round up the family, get outside and reconnect with nature.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21651 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21651 “Famous Trees of Texas” Authors to Hold Book Presentation in College Station Texans are fortunate to have a rich and colorful heritage. One book puts an elite group of trees together that have witnessed exciting events in Texas' frontier history. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21652 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21652 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Displays 100 Years of Service with New Museum Exhibit <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station has a new temporary exhibit on display titled&#160;</span><em style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">History in the Making: Texas A&amp;M Forest Service</em><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21653 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21653 E-News <p>&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=20654 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=20654 Aggies to Help Plant Trees at Bastrop State Park for Third Year <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">Hundreds of Aggies are once again heading to Bastrop State Park to help replenish trees lost during the devastating 2011 wildfire season—which destroyed an estimated 96 percent of the park.</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">&#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21655 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21655 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Celebrates a Century of Service Over the past 100 years, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service has accomplished many feats, including establishing itself as a premiere entity in both forestry and all-hazard response. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19759 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19759 Wildland Fire Response Courses Offered at Academy in Brownwood, TX Emergency responders are invited to hone their wildland firefighting skills at the 14th annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy, February 11–15. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19760 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19760 Wildland Fire Response Courses Offered at Mile High Wildfire Academy Emergency responders are invited to hone in their wildland firefighting skills at the 17th annual Mile High Wildfire Academy held at the Fort Davis Fire Department, February 19–22. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19761 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19761 Annual Workshop to Highlight Tax Law Changes for Forest Landowners The 2015 Texas Timber Tax Workshop scheduled for next month in East Texas is a day-long event that will provide information on timber tax laws and rules, helping attendees understand recent changes before filing taxes. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19762 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=19762 Employee Recognized for Helping Develop Tool to Assess Wildfire Risk <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Changing the way the South recognizes and prepares for wildfire, a 17-year Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employee was honored Tuesday with the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21654 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21654 TFS Offices Closed Until New Year <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">TFS offices across the&#160; state are closed in observance of Christmas and New Years. All offices will resume normal operations Monday morning, Jan. 5.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21656 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21656 Winter Outlook and Holiday Safety Tips Issued by Texas A&amp;M Forest Service <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">Expect a slow fire season this winter.</span><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Much of the state received above normal rainfall this year, helping to suppress fires and increase the moisture level—also increasing the amount of grass or fuel.</span></div> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21657 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21657 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Employee Receives Award at Annual CLEAN GULF Conference <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">One Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employee is being recognized at this year’s CLEAN GULF Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio for his dedicated efforts in helping the Texas General Land Office acquire new boats to help monitor and protect the Texas shoreline.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21658 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21658 City of Rosser Earns Firewise Designation <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">Through a community-wide effort to raise wildfire awareness and reduce the risk of wildfires, the City of Rosser, Texas earned national recognition as a Firewise Community. Texas A&amp;M Forest Service representatives were proud to take part in the celebration.</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">&#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21659 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21659 TFS Offices Closed for State Holiday <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">TFS offices across the&#160; state are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving. All offices will resume normal operations Monday morning, Dec. 1.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21660 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21660 Texans Celebrate Arbor Day at The State Capitol <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Texans from around the state converged at the state capitol Friday to celebrate Texas’ 125</span><sup style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">th</sup><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&#160;State Arbor Day. With shovels in hand, local and state officials ceremoniously put mulch around a newly-planted tree on the Capitol lawn, formalizing the celebration and leaving a permanent place mark commemorating the event.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21662 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21662 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Employees Honored at Bell County Expo Center <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Hundreds of Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employees convened Tuesday at the Bell County Expo Center for their annual personnel meeting.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21663 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21663 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Urges Caution to Prevent Spread of Oak Wilt Disease <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Firewood is an important commodity to Texans, whether it is used for firing up the barbecue pit or for warming up on a chilly winter morning.</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&#160;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">And with cooler temperatures arriving, now is the time to pay close attention to the firewood you are picking up and storing for use in winter.&#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21664 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21664 Walk in the Forest Opens Up Window to a World of Learning <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Getting kids outdoors and actively engaged in learning is a tough task in a day where TV and video games seem to come first. But that is exactly what Project Learning Tree’s Walk in the Forest aims to do—starting with teachers.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21666 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21666 Annual Wildfire Academy Takes Place at Camp Swift <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Firefighters from across the country will soon converge at Camp Swift in Bastrop, to attend one of the nation’s largest wildfire academies.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21667 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21667 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service to Host Citywide Smokey Bear Event for Fire Prevention Month <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Helping prevent wildfires can save property, resources and lives. A message Texas A&amp;M Forest Service plans to share through Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Bash.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21668 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21668 Texas Tree Conference Honors Tree Lovers <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Hundreds gathered in Waco this week to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have dedicated their talents to spreading a leafy green canopy over Texas.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21669 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21669