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January 2017
Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Workshop Is First of Its Kind
retired_ Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation_ _alt tag_ Two men by a campfire circle hold up a blackened square of material_ while a third points to it_ and a fourth holds a camera.
Two vendors conducted live outdoor demonstrations using fire safety materials. (Photo: Roxanne Savoie, retired, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.)

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- The Wildfire in the Northeast Workshop, designed to teach and to answer how-to queries, attracted community leaders, emergency responders, homeowners, and wildfire professionals from the USDA Forest Service, northeastern United States, and eastern Canada, to Mystic, CT, in December.

Local, State and Province, and national leaders, and wildfire professionals shared tried-and-true approaches to prevent and overcome challenges to prevention and mitigation, and what they might expect in the future. Research professionals addressed climate and fire regimes, historical wildfires, and effective engagement of the public. State and local leaders shared the importance of improving situational awareness in communities, engaging youth, and using partnerships to seek shared solutions to mitigation issues. Private and government organization vendors mingled with and engaged workshop goers.

Attendees received the Wildfire in the Northeast pocket guidebook and its electronic application, which will serve as a handy resource for prevention and mitigation information. The workshop was funded by the USDA Forest Service, and hosted by the Prevention Committees from the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Protection Compacts.

You can download workshop presentations and information at

Did you know? ... The Forest Service helps communities; State, local, and tribal governments; forest industries; private forest landowners; and other nations improve conditions in both urban and rural areas.
GrasslandsLIVE Webcast-Save the Date
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Spotted Joe Pye weed and Sullivant's coneflower, Prairie Creek Woods, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, IL. (Photo: Bill Glass, U.S. Forest Service)

MANASSAS, Va. --- You are invited to join a live Webcast with GrasslandsLIVE from Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado on May 17, 2017. For details and free resources, go to the GrasslandsLIVE Web site. Contact Kristy Liercke at or 703-791-7359, with questions. GrasslandsLIVE is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network, and other partners.

Did you know?
... The USDA Forest Service manages 20 national grasslands on behalf of the American people. Learn about these grasslands at the Forest Service's national Web site. In addition, the Forest Service and partners are restoring the   Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Chicago, IL.

Requests for Proposals Due to the Northeastern Area

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- Cohesive Fire Strategy applications are due January 17, 2017, at

Wood Innovations Program submissions are due January 23, 2017, at

Eastern Forest Pest Update

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry will present the Eastern Forest Pest Update, online, on January 25, 2017, at 2:00 pm Eastern. It will include a brief overview of management considerations for each pest, and where landowners can go for additional information. Presenters are Plant Pathologist Linda Haugen and Forest Health Program Leader Noel Schneeberger. Listen to the update at For more information send e-mail to Holli Kuykendall at
You Could Be Spreading Invasive Species

ARLINGTON, Va. --- The Nature Conservancy blog recently listed 10 unexpected ways that people can unknowingly contribute to the spread of invasive species, including fallen leaves and artificial Christmas trees. See the illustrated list at The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science blog.

Winter Weather Is Here --- Be Prepared, Be Safe

Learn the meaning of weather terms you are likely to hear in winter forecasts at

Protect your family at home and if you must go outdoors; review what you should do before, during, and after winter storms and extreme cold at

Get tips to protect outdoor workers and free copies of OSHA's Cold Stress Card in English or Spanish at, or call 1-800-321-OSHA.
"Hands-Free Is Not Risk-Free"

ITASCA, Ill. --- Car crashes involving cell phones include hands-free use, according to the National Safety Council. New studies show that voice-to-text messaging is even more distracting than texting by hand. Learn about the statistics associated with cell phone use at the Council's Web site and about the financial ramifications in a Council video on Facebook. Watch a short video with a mother's perspective on texting and driving on YouTube.
First-Hand Stories of Fire Shelter Deployments

"Fire Shelter Deployments: Stories and Common Insights" is a program developed by the Forest Service's Missoula Technology and Development Center to help firefighters understand what they might experience if they must deploy their fire shelter. Watch first-hand accounts of these terrifying experiences on YouTube.   Get additional fire shelter information at the National Interagency Fire Center Web site. (Source: Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy--Northeast Region, December 2016)
Chestnut Oak Is 2017 Urban Tree of the Year

The Society of Municipal Arborists' choice for Urban Tree of the Year is chestnut oak ( Quercus montana) (syn. Q. prinus), which is native to much of the Eastern United States. The distinctive deeply furrowed, blocky bark may be the only characteristic one needs to identify this oak.   Learn more about chestnut oak and see past Urban Tree of the Year winners on the Society's Web site.

Scholarship and Internship Opportunities Available for Students
  • The Garden Club of America offers undergraduate and graduate students several scholarships that benefit plant species and their habitat. See details for all of the scholarships at the Garden Club's Web site.
  • The Chicago Botanic Garden invites enrolled undergraduates interested in plant biology and conservation to apply to their summer internship program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Application deadline is February 1, 2017. Get more information at the Botanic Garden Web site.

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