Texas A&M Forest Service News http://tfsweb.tamu.edu This is the syndication feed for Texas A&M Forest Service News. Official State Arbor Day Celebration in the ‘Oldest Town in Texas’ <p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">We encourage all Texas communities to celebrate trees and to learn about the benefits they provide for us every day — like clean air, clear water, improving our health and even saving us money on energy bills.</span></p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25394 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25394 Grant funding to purchase three fire trucks for TIFMAS approved <p> October 25, 2016 Grant funding to purchase three fire trucks for TIFMAS approved COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three Texas fire departments were selected to receive more than $700,000 in grants from Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual System on Oct. 19. This grant fund</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25390 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25390 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service confirms increase of post oak mortality in Texas <p> Oct. 20, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Post oak trees across the state are facing higher mortality rates in both urban and rural settings. After the 2011 drought, a higher mortality rate in many trees was to be expected but Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service sought to determine if the post oak population did h</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25336 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25336 Wildfire training academy to be held in Bastrop <p> &#160; October 7, 2016—BASTROP, Texas—Firefighters from across the country will travel to Camp Swift to attend one of the country’s premiere interagency wildfire academies. The 19th annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, fondly known as the Bastrop Academy, will take place Oct.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25247 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25247 More than 15 million awarded in grants to fire departments <p> Oct. 6, 2016 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas fire departments received more than $15 million in grants Wednesday through the Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program . In the first of three funding meetings for the year, the RVFDAP awarded 442 grants to 421 fire dep</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25209 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25209 Texans get to celebrate ‘holiday for trees’ on Nov. 4 <p> Oct. 4, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texans across the Lone Star State are invited to celebrate Arbor Day Nov. 4. Arbor Day is a holiday for trees – it is the perfect day to plant trees and to celebrate all the ways that trees enrich our lives, communities and landscapes.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25164 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25164 New app developed for forestry professionals in Texas <p> COLLEGE STATION, Texas— For the first time, foresters, landowners and contractors in Texas can now access guidelines for practicing sustainable forestry on their mobile devices. The Texas Forestry Best Management Practices Handbook is now available as a smartphone application, enabling quick and easy acc</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25112 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25112 Communication is Key to Johnson&#39;s Success <p> Sept. 21, 2016 Communication is Key to Johnson’s Success COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Earlier today the National Association of State Foresters presented a communications achievement award to Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Paul Johnson. Johnson’s efforts to info</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25096 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25096 Partnerships and community involvement help Texas High School win $10 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest <p>&#160; HOUSTON, Texas — The wait is over. The announcement has come. Furr High School is an XQ America Super School. And although this may be new news to most Texans – the recognition did not happen overnight.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25052 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25052 Texans to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in the state&#39;s oldest town <p> Aug. 24, 2016 Texans to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in the state’s oldest town Congratulations to the City of Nacogdoches, Texas for being selected as the Texas Arbor Day 2016 host city. Noting their rich history in forestry and designation as a Tree City USA, Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service, the Texas Forestry Assoc</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24789 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24789 Paul Johnson, Crusader: Changing how we talk about trees <p> Aug. 16, 2016 Paul Johnson, Crusader: Changing how we talk about trees FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Paul Johnson has discovered that it is not enough for communities to sustainably manage and care for the urban forest. In </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24724 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24724 Newsroom <p>&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=20093 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=20093 Texas health care facility recognizes local forester for children in nature advocacy <p>The Lone Star Family Health Center has awarded Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Urban District Forester John Warner an annual community award recognizing his advocacy of children in nature.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24520 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24520 Austin trees – there’s an app for that <p>For the first time ever, a census for trees is available in a new, easy-to-use application developed by Texas A&amp;M Forest Service.</p> <p>&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24427 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24427 Ransom Canyon Earns Firewise Designation The community of Ransom Canyon has taken action to better protect their homes and properties from wildfire. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24404 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24404 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service urges caution during July 4th <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.2px; line-height: 19.8px;">As Texans from around the state make plans of picnics with family and friends, parades through town squares and fireworks displays after dark, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service urges caution with outdoor activities such as grilling, campfires and fireworks.</span></p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24394 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24394 Lake Kiowa Recognized for 5 Years as a Firewise Community <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.2px; line-height: 19.8px;">Lake Kiowa is being recognized for maintaining their status as an active Firewise Community recognized by the National Fire Protection Association, as part of their nationwide Firewise Communities/USA program.</span></p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24365 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24365 Smokey Bear Award recognizes Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employee <p>&#160;A forester with Texas A&amp;M Forest Service was honored with the Bronze Smokey Bear award during today’s Southern Group of State Foresters annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24345 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24345 Incident Alert — Texas A&amp;M Forest Service — Incident Management Team to set up in Fort Bend County <p> June 2, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Lone Star State Incident Management Team from Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service deployed to Fort Bend County today, providing resources in support of continued response to severe weather.&#160; &#160; The deployment was activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and inclu</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24299 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24299 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Confirms Emerald Ash Borer Found in Texas <p> May 23, 2016—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the U.S. has been detected in Texas. State and federal agencies are preparing people and communities with information, education and preventative measures to fight the pest. &#160; Ea</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24246 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24246 John Knox Presbyterian Camp receiving assistance from Texas A&amp;M Forest Service <p> May 19, 2016 — WIMBERLEY, Texas — The John Knox Presbyterian Camp will soon be a safer, more ecologically sound property thanks to the help of Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service. The agency will complete a habitat improvement and wildland fire fuels reduction project at the end of May. The non-profit camp, like man</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24227 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24227 Fuels reduction project underway for Fair Park <p> &#160; May 13, 2016 — CHILDRESS, Texas — A task force with Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service began a hazardous fuels reduction training project which should prove to benefit the citizens of Childress. On May 3, the crew began cleaning up the area surrounding an overgrown section of Fair Park. Work includes thinning smal</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24102 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24102 Wind-driven wildfire in Jeff Davis County contained by Texas A&amp;M Forest Service <p> May 9, 2016—COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Over the weekend a combination of lightning, dry vegetation and elevated temperatures led to a wildfire in Jeff Davis County. The area experienced temperatures in the upper 80s, sustained winds of 15 – 25 mph and low relative humidity. This critical fire weather played a</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24080 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24080 Hilltop Lakes Earns Firewise Designation <p> March 6, 2016 — HILLTOP LAKES, Texas — The Hilltop Lakes community earned the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities/USA distinction. The recognition came after a cooperative effort with the Hilltop Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, Hilltop Lakes Property Owners Association and Texas A&amp;amp;M F</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24046 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=24046 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service supports Soil and Water Stewardship Week <p> April 22, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service partners with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to highlight the importance of voluntary</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23910 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23910 Funds available for forest thinning through Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program <p> April 19, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&amp;M Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2016 Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program. Through this cost-share program eligible forest landowners can receive financial and technical assistance related to reducing the threat of future SPB infestations and</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23828 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23828 NWCG meets at TFS to discuss future of wildland fire leadership <p> April 15, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Some of the nation’s brightest and most accomplished leaders in wildland firefighting met this week at Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service headquarters to discuss the future of leadership development in the field. Attendees were all members of the National Wildfire Coordinating </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23722 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23722 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employee honored for fire prevention <p> April 12, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service Firewise Coordinator Nick Harrison received the 2015 USDA Forest Service Robert E. Browning Jr. Award for his efforts in wildfire prevention, March 23. &#160; The award is in memory of Browning, a southern wildland firefighter who gave hi</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23689 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23689 METEOROLOGIST ALERT: Elevated and critical fire weather expected in Texas Plains <p> March 28, 2016 — AMARILLO, Texas — Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Plains region Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued an alert putting far western portions of the state in the “critical” and “elevated” categories for wi</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23558 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23558 METEOROLOGIST ALERT: Extremely critical fire weather expected for the Panhandle <p> March 22, 2016 — LUBBOCK, Texas — Escalated fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Plains region Tuesday and Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center&#160;has issued an alert putting parts of the Panhandle in the “extremely critical” and “elevated” categories for wildfire potential. The areas of concern</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23543 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23543 Austin, TX gets first-ever urban forest assessment <p> AUSTIN, TX – The U.S. Forest Service published the first-ever urban forest assessment—citing the composition and health of the Austin, Texas urban forest, the benefits it provides, and documenting the contributions trees make to the&#160; environment, economy and the well-being of the community’s residents. Texas A&amp;M</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23475 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23475 Interactive 3D wildfire simulation presentation for Montgomery County <p> March 8, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Want to learn how your community can manage a wildfire incident? The newest learning tool in wildland fire and all-hazard management is set to be showcased at Lone Star College-Montgomery in the Woodlands. Simtable uses geographic data and a variety of colorful and interact</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23457 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23457 Conservation program offers financial assistance to landowners <p> Conservation program offers financial assistance to landowners Funding is now available for East Texas landowners to help keep Texas forests healthy. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial assistance to property owners for conducting specific land conservation practices. Conserv</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23473 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23473 Extremely critical fire weather expected for the Panhandle <p> Feb. 17, 2016 — LUBBOCK, Texas — Portions of Northwestern Texas could see active wildfire weather this afternoon and tomorrow. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an alert putting parts of the Panhandle in the “extremely critical” and “critical” categories for wildfire potential. “Recent moistur</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23359 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23359 Texas 4-H center, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service collaborate to improve facility safety <p> Feb. 12, 2016 – LAKE BROWNWOOD – The Texas 4-H Conference Center at Lake Brownwood is now an even safer place to visit and hold events thanks to Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service, said center director Mark Carroll. Carroll said the center, which is run by the Texas A&amp;amp;M AgriLife Extension Service, is a 78-acre site on</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23351 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=23351 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