Texas A&M Forest Service News http://tfsweb.tamu.edu This is the syndication feed for Texas A&M Forest Service News. Wildfire Outbreak Forecast for Tuesday <p> April 16, 2018 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — There is high probability of a significant wildfire outbreak in West Texas and the Panhandle Tuesday, April 17 with elevated to critical wildfire conditions present today. The areas of concern include Amarillo, Ft. Stockton, and Midland/Odessa. “With these con</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28344 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28344 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service receives U.S. Military conservation partnership award <p>The National Military Fish &amp; Wildlife Association has awarded Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service the 2018 Natural Resources Conservation Management Conservation Partnership Award.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28279 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28279 Fire departments from across the state have provided firefighters and fire engines that have been stationed throughout the Texas Panhandle and West Texa <p>Fire departments from across the state have provided firefighters and fire engines that have been stationed throughout the Texas Panhandle and West Texas for response to wildfires that have burned near 52,000 acres this year.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28239 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28239 Spring is prime time for spread of deadly oak wilt disease <p> AUSTIN, Texas — The big, beautiful live oaks that line your street and shade your home aren’t indefensible. There’s a silent killer that at this very moment could be creeping down your block, one yard at a time. Considered an epidemic throughout Central Texas, oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28237 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28237 Higher-end critical wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle <p>Higher-end critical wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle tomorrow, March 18. There is a high probability of significant wildfire outbreak or a weather phenomenon called a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28233 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28233 Critical fire weather conditions present over Western Texas today <p>Critical and elevated wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. The areas of concern include&#160;Amarillo, Lubbock and Childress.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28151 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28151 Two North Texas communities earn national recognition <p>Two North Texas communities earn national recognition for cooperative wildfire mitigation efforts. The Lake Palo Pinto and 7R Ranch communities have earned the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA™ distinction.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28093 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28093 After the flood: Texas A&amp;M University students help plant trees along the Blanco River <p>Texas A&amp;M University students planted seedlings Saturday to help restore flood-damaged areas of the Blanco River. Aggie Replant, a student organization whose members strive to improve the community through tree planting events and environmental service.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28057 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28057 20-year veteran of Texas A&amp;M Forest Service receives Regents Fellow Award for management of wildland fire response systems <p>Cynthia Foster, head of the Wildfire Planning and Preparedness Department at Texas A&amp;M Forest Service received the Texas A&amp;M University System Board of Regents Fellow Service Award on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at a presentation ceremony in College Station.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28021 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28021 Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Panhandle and West Texas regions Wednesday <p>Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Panhandle and West Texas regions Wednesday with a small chance of a weather-caused phenomena called a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27925 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27925 Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award to TFS employees <p>Educational outreach team members who helped incorporate fire resistance ratings into the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Earth-Kind® Plant Selector were awarded a Superior Service Award for a Team today, Jan. 9, at a ceremony in Bryan, Texas.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27921 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27921 Texas A&amp;M AgriLife awards TFS forester for public service <p>Texas A&amp;M AgriLife has awarded Andrew Crocker, Staff Forester for Texas A&amp;M Forest Service, the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Pubic Service in Forestry.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27919 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27919 Hurricane Harvey debris removal continues in Aransas County <p>Months after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employees are continuing their work with Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&amp;M Engineering Extension Service to remove and burn vegetative debris left by the hurricane.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27907 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27907 Fire truck donated to hurricane-damaged Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department <p>Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department received a fire truck today, donated by the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department from Virginia.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27804 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27804 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service celebrates successful year Over 500 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service employees came together at the agency’s annual personnel meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27676 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27676 Texans celebrate “Tree-Epic” State Arbor Day <p>Texans from across the state gathered today in Grand Prairie, Texas to celebrate the State Arbor Day and all the benefits trees provide to people and communities. Festivities were held at Grand Central and featured a</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27660 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27660 Wildland firefighters from around the country to attend wildfire academy in Bastrop Over 315 students from 13 states are expected to attend the 20th annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy that will be held from Oct. 13-25 at the Camp Swift National Guard Facility located north of Bastrop. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27560 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27560 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service mobilizes Urban Forest Strike Teams <p>Texas A&amp;M Forest Service recently mobilized Urban Forest Strike Teams to the coastal Texas towns of Rockport, Fulton, Refugio and Victoria to assess damage to the trees on public property resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Impacted communities deal with many post-storm issues, one of which includes destruction to public trees</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27485 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27485 Hurricane-damaged Port Aransas Fire Department to receive fire truck on emergency loan from Texas A&amp;M Forest Service <span>Port Aransas Fire Department is set to receive a fire truck on loan from Texas A&amp;M Forest Service on Friday, Sept. 29 to temporarily replace one damaged by Hurricane Harvey.&#160;</span> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27462 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27462 Fire service organizations of Texas are asking for equipment and monetary donations Officials from key fire service organizations of Texas are asking for equipment and monetary donations to help local Texas fire departments impacted by Hurricane Harvey. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27447 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27447 New Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Software used to Coordinate Recovery Efforts in Texas and Florida <p> The Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas is making it possible for the many officials at all levels of government engaged in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts to literally get on the same page using a new software application developed by the Texas A&amp;M Forest Service.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27365 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27365 $397,294.00 in grant funds available for prescribed burning <p>Some Texas landowners may be eligible to be reimbursed for their cost of prescribed burning. Texas A&amp;M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications from private property owners who use strategically-planned prescribed fires to help reduce wildfire risk and restore natural ecosystems.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27345 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27345 Grimes County Completes Community Wildfire Protection Plan <p>Grimes County has developed a plan that will better prepare the community for wildfires. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is the 19th countywide CWPP in Texas. The plan is intended to help improve the safety of residents and emergency personnel and minimize</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27337 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27337 Funds available for forest thinning through Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program <p>Texas A&amp;M Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2017 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 infestation</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27211 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27211 Over $6 million in grants awarded to Texas volunteer fire departments Texas fire departments received more than $6 million in grants Wednesday through the Texas A&amp;M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27051 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=27051 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service urges vigilance with outdoor activities <p> June 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As Texans from around the state make plans for the Nation’s Independence Day holiday, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service urges vigilance with outdoor activities such as grilling, campfires and fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July 4th has the m</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26818 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26818 George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum honored with Bronze Smokey Bear Award <p>The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, was honored with a national Bronze Smokey Bear Award today during the Southern Group of State Foresters annual meeting in Rogers, Arkansas. Throughout 2015, the Bush Library and Museum hos</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26715 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26715 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service to host Wildfire Preparedness workshop <p>Texas Panhandle landowners are invited to attend a workshop designed to better prepare them for wildfires. The one-day Wildfire Preparedness workshop, hosted by Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service, Texas A&amp;amp;M AgriLife Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will focus</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26671 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26671 Counting on Houston’s trees <p>The largest city in the largest continental state in America has an urban forest to match. And now, for the first time, information about Houston’s trees is available online. The My City’s Trees web application is a free tool that makes community tree data easily accessible to the public. </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26608 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26608 Attention Rio Grande Valley Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature <p>Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26596 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26596 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service leads the restoration of the Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine <p>Texas A&amp;M Forest Service is helping restore the threatened, iconic Ponderosa Pine forests of West Texas. After a myriad of environmental stresses destroyed nearly 75 percent of the majestic Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine population in the Davis Mountains it became evident that reforestation efforts were needed.&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26417 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26417 2017 Texas Arbor Day host city announced <p> April 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — In Texas, the official state Arbor Day celebration is held in a different host city each year on the first Friday in November. Today, on National Arbor Day, Texas A&amp;M Forest Service revealed that this year’s state celebration will be hosted in Grand Prairie, Texas.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26390 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26390 Attention Central Texas Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature <p>Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26220 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26220 Western Gulf Forest Health Conference to focus on forest and tree issues <p>Landowners, homeowners and forestry professionals are invited to attend the first Western Gulf Forest Health Conference. This two-day conference will focus on issues affecting both rural forestlands and individual trees within urban and suburban areas. These forests and tr</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26159 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26159 Critical fire weather conditions present over Western Texas <p>Critical fire weather conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle beginning today and continuing through Friday.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26029 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26029 Lone Star State Incident Management Team Deployed to North West Texas <p> Lone Star State Incident Management Team Deployed to North West Texas Mar. 13, 2017—MERKEL, Texas—The Lone Star State Incident Management Team from Texas A&amp;M Forest Service has set up an incident coordination center in Merkel, Texas to support wildfire response in the western half of Texas.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26001 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=26001 Texas and Great Plains wildfires spurred by dry, windy conditions <p> March 7, 2017 — AMARILLO, Texas — Multiple wildfires are still burning across the Texas Panhandle following yesterday’s elevated fire conditions across the Southern Plains. Texas A&amp;M Forest Service responded to three large fires for 325,680 acres.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25963 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25963 City of Dallas completes Community Wildfire Protection Plan <p>The city of Dallas has developed a plan to reduce risks and better prepare for wildfires. Dallas, a major metropolitan area in Texas, is the 53 rd city in the state to complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25898 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25898 Drones slow wildfire response and ground firefighting aircraft <p>With the Texas winter wildfire season upon us, officials at Texas A&amp;M Forest Service are responding to an increase in wildfire frequency across the state. Yesterday, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) responding to a wildfire in Erath County were grounded due to the presence of a drone in the wildfire perimeter.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25894 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25894 Critical fire weather conditions present over Texas Plains <p>Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Plains region Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service&#160; Storm Prediction Center &#160;has issued an alert putting western portions of the state in the</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25884 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25884 Camp Bowie to host 16th annual wildfire academy <p>&#160;In preparation for the 2017 wildfire season, firefighters from across the state are set to attend a wildfire academy at Camp Bowie in Brownwood. The 16th Annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy will take place Feb. 22 – 26 and </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25876 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25876 After the wildfire: Texas A&amp;M University students help recover the Lost Pines <p>Approximately 4,000 more trees are taking root in wildfire-scarred Texas soil this weekend thanks to the planting efforts of student volunteers from Texas A&amp;M University.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25874 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25874 Central Texas now has an airtanker base to help fight wildfires <p>Feb. 16, 2017 Central Texas now has an airtanker base to help fight wildfires.</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25863 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25863 Donald Galloway awarded the 2017 Regents Fellow Service Award <p>Donald Galloway of Texas A&amp;M Forest Service was awarded the 2017 Regents Fellow Service Award from the Texas A&amp;M University System Board of Regents.&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25809 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25809 San Jacinto County Completes Community Wildfire Protection Plan <p> San Jacinto County Completes Community Wildfire Protection Plan Feb. 7, 2017 — COLDSPRING, Texas — San Jacinto County has developed a plan that will better prepare the community for wildfires. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is the 18 th countywide CWPP in Texas. It was developed by San Jacinto </p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25793 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25793 New champion tree has ties to forestry of the past <p> Jan. 31, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A loblolly pine on the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Boggy Slough Conservation Area west of Lufkin was recently confirmed by Texas A&amp;M Forest Service to be the largest of its kind in the state. Located within 200 feet of Cochino Bayou, a prominent waterway, the champion lob</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25741 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25741 Annual workshop to highlight tax law updates for forest landowners <p>&#160;As tax season in Texas approaches, have you considered brushing up on tax laws regarding timberland properties?&#160;</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25679 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25679 Chris Edgar awarded Vice Chancellor&#39;s Award in Excellence <p> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 10, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Dr. Chris Edgar of Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service has been awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Pubic Service in Forestry from Texas A&amp;amp;M AgriLife. The award was presented Jan. 9 at the AgriLife Conference on the campus of Te</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25673 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25673 Green Ambassadors awarded Vice Chancellor&#39;s award in Excellence <p> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 10, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Students from Houston’s impoverished East End are changing their schools, their neighborhoods and their futures — for the better.&#160; And the forestry and agricultural communities are taking notice. A multi-agency team of Green Ambassadors has been a</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25671 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25671 Buffalo Gap celebrates 10 years as a Firewise Community <p> Nov. 10, 2016 — BUFFALO GAP, Texas — Ten years ago, Buffalo Gap, Texas became one of only three Firewise communities in the state. The citizens of Buffalo Gap will commemorate their 10 th year as a Firewise community with a celebration held at City Hall Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service will presen</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25472 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25472