Texas A&M Forest Service News http://tfsweb.tamu.edu This is the syndication feed for Texas A&M Forest Service News. 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></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. 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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 Texas Forest Sector Contributes $30.3 Billion to Texas Economy, Supports More Than 130,600 Jobs <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">Texas A&amp;M Forest Service has completed a new study of the economic contribution provided by forestry-driven, wood-based industries in Texas. The report shows that the total economic contributions of the Texas forest sector include $30.3 billion in industry output, supporting more than 130,600 jobs; and continues to be one of the top ten manufacturing sectors in the state.</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">&#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21670 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21670 Funding Available to Private Landowners for Longleaf Pine Conservation <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Texas A&amp;M Forest Service (TFS), on behalf of the Texas Longleaf Pine Implementation Team, announced today that funding is now available to private landowners to conserve and increase the total acreage of longleaf pine within Texas. &#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21671 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21671 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service to Return $43.2 Million to the State Of Texas <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">Texas A&amp;M Forest Service (TFS) expects to release more than $43 million in remaining appropriated fire suppression funds back to the State of Texas this fall.&#160;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12px;">&#160;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; margin-bottom: 18px;">&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21672 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21672 Dry Weather Conditions Call for Texans to Use Caution When Celebrating This Labor Day Weekend <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Labor Day is upon us and as we head outside to enjoy the last days summer, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service urges Texans to celebrate carefully.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21673 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21673 Forest Agencies, Conservation Organization Complete Easement to Save Texas’ Longleaf Pine <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The Nature Conservancy, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service, and the U.S. Forest Service have collaborated to purchase a conservation easement on 4,785 acres of forestland in the Longleaf Ridge area of East Texas, permanently protecting some of the best longleaf pine habitat in the state.</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21674 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21674 Missions Baseball Club Receives Smokey Bear Award for Wildfire Prevention Efforts The San Antonio Missions Baseball Club is committed to helping protect the community in which they live work and play. As team members took to the field over the past three baseball seasons, they also took wildfire prevention messages to the streets, and tonight were honored for their effort with a Bronze Smokey Bear Award. <br /> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21675 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21675 The Future of Property Planning Starts Today <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The long-term plan for a privately-owned estate can be as individualized as the property owner.&#160; That includes how the land is managed both now and into the future.&#160; Texas A&amp;M Forest Service can help landowners explore options to develop a plan that is right for you.&#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21676 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=21676 Newsroom <p></p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=20093 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=20093