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October 2017
Entomologist Uncovers WWII Drone in Cape Cod Woods
Metal wreckage in the woods.
Hanavan discovered this crash site while on a forest health survey. (Forest Service photo by Ryan Hanavan).

DURHAM, N.H. --- One of the perks of being a forest entomologist is that you get to spend a lot of time walking through the woods, occasionally discovering unusual things. Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Entomologist Ryan Hanavan was doing a pest ground survey September 13 in the woods of South Wellfleet, MA, when he came across something out of place.

Amid the trees, leaves, soil, and rocks was an object that clearly had been there for some time. The forward area of the "crash site" was a tangle of rusty metal. Behind that was the distinctive shape of a plane's fuselage. If the wreck was a plane, it was too small to carry people, and it was too big to be of the model variety.

"It's from the Marconi Army training station that was there up until the 1950s," said National Park Service GIS Specialist Mark Adams. The forest there today was once a field used as a bombing range by a former military training base.

Before the military base, the land was part of a Colonial settlement.

"The area contains not just this artifact but remnants of cellar holes from Colonial-era settlers. With those, we'll see domestic trees like apple trees and lilac bushes that would indicate a homestead there, which is now long gone," he said.

"Everywhere (there) the forests were consumed by users. ... The military use was permitted for normal activity because of its national importance," he added.

Referring to the World War II era drone, Adams said "We consider these types of items as historical artifacts, and they're protected by law. They are part of our heritage."

As for Hanavan's "discovery," it was not the first time the drone was found. National Park Service volunteer Russ Moore had discovered it in 2002. The park historian decided to leave the drone in situ as a reminder of the site's history, and to let others discover it.

A few other drones have been found over the years. The radio-controlled drones were flown over the ocean for apprentice gunners to practice their antiaircraft fire from shore.
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For information on Urban Forest Strike Teams, subject of the article below, contact the USDA Forest Service:

In the Northeast and Midwest:
John E. Parry
Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
271 Mast Rd., Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-868-7688, FAX 603-868-7604
e-mail: jparry@fs.fed.us 
 
In the Southern States, including Texas, contact:
Dudley R. Hartel
Southern Region (Region 8)
Urban Forestry South
320 Green St., Athens, GA 30602
and...
747 Maxine Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Cell phone: 706-410-5568
HURRICANES: Heaps of once-majestic trees now litter the streets

Brittany Patterson , E&E News reporter
Published: Friday, September 15, 2017
 
WASHINGTON --- When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the coastal tourist town of Rockport, Texas, residents knew the damage was going to be severe. The storm barreled through the picturesque city - 30 miles east of Corpus Christi - as a Category 4 hurricane, the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than half a century.
 
Howling winds, clocking in at speeds of 130 mph, decimated mobile homes, knocked out cellphone service and shattered nearly all of the windows on patrol cars manned by the Aransas County Sheriff's Office, NPR reported .
 
Harvey also toppled hundreds of trees in Rockport. When dawn broke, the carcasses of decades-old, even centuries-old, live oaks lay in the streets. Leaf and branch litter covered nearly everything; some of the trees took out power lines as they were uprooted.
 
"It was pretty amazing the destruction," said Paul Johnson, with the Urban Forest Strike Team at Texas A&M Forest Service, the state's forestry agency. "What was really striking was how brown everything was. The wind literally blew all of the leaves off the trees." Read more.
 
Larcenaire Receives Inaugural Safety Award
Two men shaking hands and holding a plaque between them.
Craig Larcenaire (right) accepts the award plaque from Acting Field Representative Rick Turcotte. (Forest Service photo by Karen Felton).
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. --- Acting Morgantown Field Representative Rick Turcotte presented Craig Larcenaire with a certificate for the field office's first annual safety award, in a special meeting on September 26. Larcenaire was nominated for promoting safety in special forest health projects. Craig prepares job hazard analyses for projects and takes appropriate safety training when needed. A recent example is training he took on the safe operation of an 80-foot lift used during a black cherry pollinator survey he conducted on the Allegheny National Forest in June. Larcenaire's name will also be engraved on a plaque for display in the office.
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Communities Can Apply for Assistance With Economy, Health, Environment

WASHINGTON --- Federal agency partners invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Deadline is October 25, 2017.

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and revitalize downtowns through the development of local food systems. Nearly 80 communities have benefited from assistance with support from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Appalachian Regional Commission, and Delta Regional Authority. Get information and application on the EPA's Local Foods, Local Places Web page.
 
Healthy Places for Healthy People helps community leaders and health care partners focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Health care partners include community health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers), nonprofit hospitals, and other health care facilities. To date, 10 communities have benefited from assistance with support from EPA and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Healthy Places for Healthy People provides assistance for communities that are economically challenged, including those in rural Appalachia. Learn more and apply at the EPA's Healthy Places, Healthy People Web page.

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management

The Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact and the   North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange are holding a partners meeting,  Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap between Science and Management, January 30-February 1, 2018, in Portland, ME. This meeting is designed as a true exchange, to expose fire managers to useful scientific studies and expose scientists to the implications of their science. Presentations will be relevant to fire managers and scientists in the North Atlantic region of the United States and Canada.
 
Did you know?
To benefit from global knowledge, the Forest Service continually interacts with partners worldwide.

Forest Service, Ukraine Exchange Methods of Watershed Management

UKRAINE --- The Forest Service International Programs office and the Ukrainian nongovernmental organization FORZA recently closed out a week of technical cooperation on watershed management in Ukraine. Dr. Theodore Geier, regional hydrologist for the Forest Service Eastern Region (R9), participated in a workshop, visited several watersheds, and spoke with forestry officials about their challenges in managing their watersheds.  Read more on the Forest Service Web site.

Urban Connections Fellowship Available through Hispanic Access Foundation

MILWAUKEE --- The Forest Service's Urban Connections program is looking for a Resource Assistant/Fellow to further outreach efforts in the Latino community for 1 year. The application deadline is October 25, 2017. For more information please go to the Hispanic Access Foundation Web site or refer questions to Lisa Myers at the Forest Service Eastern Regional office.

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