Issue #70 – December News

Issue #70 – December News

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen signed a shared stewardship pact in Santa Fe, aimed at strengthening relations as they work to represent diverse interests concerning natural resources on public forest lands.
(AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Forest Service chief and New Mexico governor sign stewardship pact

 “The Forestry Division and the Forest Service recognize the interdependence of the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and jointly commit to implementing the strategy.

Describing the increasing severity of wildfires, the pact acknowledges that tribes and pueblos are essential partners in implementing landscape and watershed implementation strategies, empowers more collaborative planning, and highlights concerns about wildfire, invasive species, drought, forest insects, and disease.

The shared stewardship agreement will give State Forestry, a Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and our partners a louder voice to set priorities for hazardous fuels reduction and ecological restoration in our state.” 
From the editorial by Laura McCarthy
NM Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department
State Forestry Division Director

Photo: The Bulletin

Central Oregon wildfire RxFire smoke plan approval strikes a balance

Hard work by the city of Bend, Oregon, and Deschutes County has paid off. They were the first to submit a smoke management plan to the state, which is now the first to be approved. The plan strikes a balance between clean air and the need for prescribed fires that improve forest health and reduce wildfire risk.

In addition – A new website makes it easy for residents to find out when and where prescribed burns are planned, which will help smoke-sensitive residents minimize their exposure.

November 2019 Cohesive Strategy Workshop Powerpoints now available

We are pleased to share the PowerPoint presentations from our very successful 3rd Annual Workshop that took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in November. We are providing this content on both Google Drive and Dropbox to ensure they are accessible to everyone. Enjoy!

NASF releases biennial survey results on state forestry agencies

The National Association of State Foresters’ newly released survey found that private forest owners receive more forest management technical assistance from state forestry agencies than from any other source. State forestry agencies provided technical assistance to nearly 270,000 landowners and 8,502 communities in 2018.

Camp Fire Video Series – Lessons Learned

For communities, first responders, and governments

Produced by the Butte County, CA Office of Emergency Management, these short videos are a sensitive, accessible, articulate, and useful presentation of hard lessons learned from the 2018 Camp Fire, in four parts. They apply to preparedness and survival not just for wildfire, but for any disaster that might descend upon any community.

“Think much larger than you ever have before.” 
~ David Hawks, Cal Fire Chief, Butte County

Upcoming Events

December 17-18 2019 Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Annual Workshop Albuquerque, MN.

February 16-20 Society for Range Management Meeting Denver, CO

February 25-28 Wildfire Mitigation Academy Training Boise, ID

3/18-20 Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium Bend, OR

March 24-26 2020 International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildland Urban Interface Conference Reno, NV.

April 9, 2020 Pacific Northwest Forest Collaborative Workshop  Hood River, OR.

April 6-8, 2020 After The Flames: Conference and Workshop  Tahoe City, CA.

April 15-16, 2020 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference Grand Junction, CO.

4/20-24 2020 3rd International Smoke Symposium Raliegh NC and Davis, CA

October 26-30, 2020 4th Annual Cohesive Strategy Workshop – Asheville, NC.