Hawai’i Governor David Ige and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue sign the MOU. Photo: WGA On December 12, 2018, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “establish a framework to allow the Forest Service and WGA to work collaboratively to accomplish mutual goals,..
Issue #63 – 2018 Farm Bill, Executive Order 13855 and DOI Secretarial Order 3372 and their Impact on Implementing the Cohesive Strategy
Fuel breaks work on the Badger Creek Fire in Wyoming. Photo: USFS *updated January 31st to include corrections and the DOI Secretarial Order in response to the Executive Order. Just prior to the partial government shutdown, Congress approved and the President signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, aka the Farm Bill. In December the President..
A collection of screen shots from WildfireALERT and photo of one of the towers where cameras are placed. WildfireALERT is a promising new network of fire detection cameras with day and night detection capabilities. Developed by a team of seismologists from University of Oregon, University of Nevada and UC San Diego who developed ShakeALERT, for..
Deschutes County zoning map showing low density zone adjacent to public lands. As thousands of people are still trying to figure out their new normals following the Camp and Carr Fires in 2018, many are looking at the commonalities of these unprecedented fires to find ways to prevent these types of tragedies in the future. Deschutes..
The only biomass plant in Arizona. The Novo Power 38 megawatt power plant in Snowflake. Photo: Karen Warnick, White Mountain Independent. In late December the Arizona Corporation Commission agreed to require the state’s utilities to buy or produce 90 megawatts of energy annually from biomass — saving the forest restoration industry from collapse. While the..