Texas A&M Forest Service News http://tfsweb.tamu.edu This is the syndication feed for Texas A&M Forest Service News. Camp Bowie hosts 15th annual wildfire academy <p> Feb. 4, 2016 — BROWNWOOD, Texas — Firefighters dedicated to protecting lives and property will converge at the Central Texas Wildfire Academy at Camp Bowie, Texas in preparation for the 2016 wildfire season. In an effort to enhance skills and learn new firefighting techniques, responders from across the country w</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23330 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23330 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service crowns big tree champions in Big Bend Ranch State Park <p> Feb. 1, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Two Mexican blue oaks in Big Bend Ranch State Park were recently confirmed by Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service to be the largest of their kind in the state. Located in a remote canyon in the middle of the park, the trees are on the latest edition of the Texas Big Tree Registry, a</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23287 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23287 High impact fire weather expected in South Plains <p> Feb. 1, 2016 — LUBBOCK, Texas — A drying trend in the South Plains may present the most active fire weather in Texas so far this year. “The most important thing to take note of is that this is the fourth consecutive day of high temperatures, which dries out fuels in these areas creating significant fire potential</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23285 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23285 Elevated fire weather expected through Monday in Northwestern Texas <p> Jan. 29, 2016 — LUBBOCK, Texas — Increased fire potential is expected in Northwestern Texas today through Monday due to above normal temperatures, moderate wind speeds and low relative humidity. “Strong winds on Monday will be a concern as they follow on the heels of three days of strong drying. Initial attack ac</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23283 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23283 Texas wildfire handcrew receives honorable mention in national challenge <p> Jan. 26, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Lone Star State Type II Initial Attack Crew from Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service recently received honorable mention in the 2015 IGNITE the Spark for Leadership Award for its commitment to developing leaders. The award recognizes leadership development efforts within</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23224 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23224 Annual workshop to highlight tax law changes for forest landowners(1) <p> Jan. 20, 2016—LUFKIN, Texas—Did you know that timber tax laws have changed due to the new tax law passed by Congress in December 2015? An upcoming workshop aims to keep forest landowners and other professionals informed on the latest updates to tax laws regarding timberland properties. Knowing the tax laws gives lan</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23218 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23218 Elevated fire weather expected Sunday in Lubbock <p> Jan. 22, 2016&#160;—&#160;&#160;LUBBOCK, Texas — Elevated fire potential is expected in the western Plains Sunday due to above normal temperatures, high wind speeds and low relative humidity. The National Weather Service forecasts increased wind speeds which can lead to potential wildfire occurrences in areas with abundant</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23214 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23214 Employee honored with Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry <p> Jan. 14, 2016—COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Providing leadership and service to Texans in all areas of forestry earned an 18-year Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service employee the honor of receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry Thursday. Central Texas Operations Department Head Jim Roon</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23195 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23195 Additional funds available for prescribed burning near Sam Houston National Forest <p> Jan. 13, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership is providing $60,000 to landowners near the Sam Houston National Forest for prescribed burning. The funds reimburse eligible landowners who have taken measures to reduce grass and brush, enhance ecosystems and pro</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23180 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23180 New partnership provides funds to landowners who improve forest health <p> &#160; Jan. 7, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Funds are now available for forest landowners near the Sam Houston National Forest through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. This partnership between USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service looks </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23159 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23159 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service issues winter outlook and fire safety tips <p> &#160; Dec. 16, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A wet winter may be in store, but the threat of wildfire still exists.&#160; The current El Niño conditions drop the threat of wildfire to below normal, however Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service urges caution this holiday season. “Fireworks and outdoor fires are usually ass</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23105 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23105 Forester honored by Texas A&amp;M University System <p> Nov. 25, 2015 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Associate Director William E. Oates has been recognized as a Texas A&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