Texas A&M Forest Service News http://tfsweb.tamu.edu This is the syndication feed for Texas A&M Forest Service News. 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; The National Weather Service&#160; Storm Prediction Center &#160;has issued an </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;amp;M Forest Service has set up an incident coordination center in Merkel, Texas to support wildfire response in the western half of Texas. The team </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;amp;M Forest Service responded to three large fires for 325,680 acres. The Dumas Complex Fire, in Potter County near the city </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;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 AUSTIN, Texas — Texas A&amp;M University System Chancellor John Sharp joined State Rep. John Cyrier and officials with the Texas A&amp;M Forest Service on Thursday to unveil the newly establi</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>Feb. 9, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Donald Galloway of Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service was awarded the 2017 Regents Fellow Service Award from the Texas A&amp;amp;M University System Board of Regents. The award was presented Feb. 8 at the Memorial St</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> Annual workshop to highlight tax law updates for forest landowners FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 12, 2017 — LUFKIN, Texas — As tax season in Texas approaches, have you considered brushing up on tax laws regarding timberland properties? There are many favorable tax provisions affecting timber transactions and an </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 Texans celebrate Arbor Day in ‘The Oldest Town in Texas” <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13.2px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><span style="font-size: 13.2px;"><font style="font-size: 9pt;">Nov. 4, 2016 — NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Texans from across the state gathered today in the Oldest Town in Texas to celebrate the State Arbor Day and how trees can connect the past, present and future.</font></span></p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25446 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25446 Texas A&amp;M Forest Service celebrates successful year <p> &#160; Nov. 2, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Over 500 Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service employees came together at the agency’s annual personnel meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2. Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service employees gathered to celebrate their dedication to the citizens and natural resources of Texas. The meeting, held</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25416 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25416 Eleven miles of ecologically significant Neches River conserved <p> ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas (Oct. 28, 2016) — The Conservation Fund and Texas A&amp;amp;M Forest Service announced today the protection of 6,899 acres of working forestland near Palestine, Texas. With funding from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF),</p> http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25400 http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25400 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