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September 2017
Forest Service Has New Chief

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Tony Tooke is the 18th Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. (Forest Service photo).

ALBANY, N.H. --- Tony Tooke, "a home-grown Chief" with 37 years in the Forest Service this month became its 18th Chief. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Tooke in the White Mountain National Forest, NH, on September 1. Perdue commented that the Forest Service will be in good hands with its own Tony Tooke, whose knowledge of forestry is unmatched.

"I am deeply humbled to have been asked to serve as Chief," said Tooke, who has been working for the agency since he was 18 years old. He also said that he respects and is inspired by those who served before him, and admires the dedicated workforce at every level of the agency. He added, "Together with our many partners, ... we have much to accomplish to fulfill our continuing conservation mission and serve people and communities everywhere."

Tooke's previous position was as Regional Forester for the Forest Service's Southern Region. He has held leadership positions in Washington, DC, in the National Forest System, Ecosystem Management Coordination, Economic Recovery, and Forest Management. Before 2006, he held a variety of positions on National Forests in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Kentucky.

  Read a press release on the USDA Web site.

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FreshWater LIVE Is Coming

MANASSAS, Va. --- Join FreshWaterLIVE: Scientists in Action on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. MT. This webcast "From Peaks to Prairies," from Denver, CO, will be geared to students in grades 4 - 12 and will target grades 5 - 8. Get more information at the FreshWater LIVE Distance Learning Adventure Web site. Direct questions to Kristy Liercke or call 703-791-7359. FreshWaterLIVE is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Prince William Network, and other partners.

Did you know?
Undeveloped land, or open space, provides people with clean water, forest products, beauty and recreational settings.
Free Resources to Help You Prepare for Bat Week

SILVER SPRING, Md. --- Join Forest Service partner, the Wildlife Habitat Council, for a webinar on free resources available to help you celebrate BatWeek, October 24-31, 2017. BatWeek is a great opportunity to foster understanding and appreciation for bats, tell about the challenges they face, and help bats in your neighborhood and beyond. View a recorded Forest Service webinar, "Go to Bat for Bats," at the Wildlife Habitat Council's Web site.
Two Northeastern Area Staffers Receive Inspiring Women Awards
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Sherri Wormstead (Forest Service photo by Glenn Rosenholm)

DURHAM, N.H. --- Two Northeastern Area employees, among others, were recently recognized by the Forest Service's Inspiring Women Awards program.
Sherri Wormstead, Sustainability and Planning Coordinator, received the Outstanding Leadership Achievement award for her exemplary work in recent years. She was instrumental in establishing the virtual leadership forums held by the Chief. She also goes out of her way to ensure everyone's projects or presentations are a success and to help others look good, according to her nomination. Wormstead works out of the Durham, NH, Field Office.
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Jenn Youngblood (Courtesy photo by Jennifer Youngblood)

Tribal Relations Liaison Jennifer Youngblood received the Outstanding Outreach/Volunteerism Partnerships award. She serves as the Liaison to the College of Menominee Nation for the Northeastern Area, Northern Research Station, and Eastern Region. She is also Acting Tribal Relations Specialist to the Regional Forester in the Eastern Region. Youngblood, a leader in Tribal Relations, demonstrates skills in supporting Tribes, Tribal members, and the Tribal women at the college by working with and educating them on regulations and policies of the Forest Service, within the context of Federal Indian Law. She demonstrates outstanding leadership skills by bringing people from diverse backgrounds together and assisting Tribes and others to make new connections, according to her nomination. Youngblood usually works out of the college in Wisconsin.

Seven women across the Forest Service's Eastern Region and Northeastern Area, among others across the agency, were recognized for their outstanding contributions in five categories. The annual awards event commemorating Women's Equality Day was held August 24 via virtual meeting.

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Welcome, New Employee Rachel Neuenfeldt
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Rachel Neuenfeldt (Courtesy photo by Haley Neuenfeldt)

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- Rachel Neuenfeldt comes to the Northeastern Area through the Presidential Management Fellowship program.

Rachel fills the Regional Landscape Scale Planner position (vice Phil DeSenze) in the Office of Knowledge Management, based in the Newtown Square office. She will, however, be working on issues and projects across the Area, and will be active on a number of team efforts. Read more.
Northeastern Area Grant Supports Urban Food Forest
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Mulberries are harvested from this food forest. (Forest Service photo).

BOWIE, Md. --- District of Columbia Urban Forestry Administration and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments obtained a Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry grant in 2016 to establish a food forest in Washington, DC. This new site will exemplify stewardship and interaction for urban citizens with trees, each other, and the local landscape. The food forest is inspired by the success of a similar project in Bowie, MD. Read more on the Forest Service Web site.
 
Did you know?
Conversion of open space to other uses increases the risk of wildfire, contributes to the spread of invasive species, loss of access to public lands, and fragments fish and wildlife habitat.
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Tracking Wildfire Smoke Through Social Media Posts

FORT COLLINS, Colo. --- In hopes of finding new methods to assess smoke exposure and provide better beacons for health risk assessment, researchers at Colorado State University turned to social media. They compared numbers of Facebook postings about visible smoke with data commonly used for estimating harmful smoke exposure. As a result of the study researchers plan to work more with Facebook data. Learn more at the university Web site.

Kit Gives Urban Families Ideas for Outdoor Activities

BOSTON --- In response to doctors "prescribing" outdoor time for children, WGBH Boston has put out the Plum Landing Explore Outdoors Toolkit. The kit supplies urban families with ideas for what they could do outside. Read a blog on the topic from Boston Magazine. Access the kit at the PBS Kids Web site.

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