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August 2016
Searching for a Better Fire Shelter

Two men and a woman looking at a one-person silver tent on a metal frame
NASA Langley Engineer Mary Beth Wusk participated in fire shelter tests at the University of Alberta. University Researcher Mark Ackerman is standing on the left, and U.S. Forest Service Fire Shelter Project Lead Tony Petrilli is leaning over the shelter. (Photo: Ian Grob, U.S. Forest Service,
WASHINGTON --- The Forest Service Technology and Development Program is reviewing the wildland firefighter fire shelter system. The aluminized cloth tent offers a firefighter protection in the rare event of being entrapped --- a situation firefighters are trained to avoid. To ensure that the most advanced solutions are being explored, the Forest Service is collaborating with leading experts in textile engineering, including those at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia; North Carolina State University; University of Alberta; and private industry. NASA engineers are developing flexible heat shields to protect spacecraft from the high temperatures of atmospheric entry; and flexible heat shields and fire shelters have common performance requirements. Watch a 5-minute video on NASA's Web site about their collaboration with the Forest Service. Get more information about fire shelters at the National Interagency Fire Center Web site. (Source: USDA Forest Service Chief's Desk --- People, Places, and Things Newsletter, July 22, 2016)
Discovery Agents Augmented Reality Mobile Game

WASHINGTON --- The Forest Service and our partners, including the American Recreation Coalition have been hard at work on an augmented reality mobile game called Discovery Agents. This mobile game uses geo-linked, educational challenges to get kids and families out on their National Forests and Grasslands and community green spaces, to explore and learn about public lands and resources. Learn more at the Discovery Agents Web site.    
User Interface for Fire Effects Information System Updated

Managers and planners need scientifically sound information on historical fire regimes and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes to make informed management decisions. To address this need, two new fire regime publications--Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses--are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the Fire Effects Information System. (Source: Lake States Fire Science Consortium, April 2016 Newsletter)

It's a Bird --- It's a Plane --- It's a Bridge!

MILWAUKEE --- How do you distribute 90,000 pounds of bridge-building materials to 33 sites on Isle Royale National Park? Not by boat or truck, but by air, through a unique partnership between the Forest Service and National Park Service. Jim Edge, Eastern Region (R9) helicopter operations specialist, and Rob Heavirland, forest aviation officer for Chippewa and Superior National Forests, partnered with park staff to plan and prepare for the material transport. They taught 23 park employees courses in basic aviation safety and helicopter transport of external loads. Forest Service employees from the Superior, Chippewa, and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests, as well as the regional office, provided oversight for the material transfer. (Source: USDA Forest Service Chief's Desk-People, Places, and Things Newsletter, July 15, 2016)
Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

Photo of couple sitting on bench in a park
(Photo: Morgan Grove)

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- Urban Forest Connections webinars bring experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment. Whether you work in a State forestry agency, nonprofit organization, municipality, university, private industry, public works, or public health and safety, there is something for you! Each webinar highlights a different topic. Presenters discuss key issues, share the latest research and technologies, and showcase successful projects and partnerships that are putting science into practice. Visit the Urban Forest Connections Web site to browse the archive of past webinars, learn about upcoming topics, and sign up for the mailing list. Urban Forest Connections is a product of the U.S. Forest Service's National Urban Forest Technology and Science Delivery Team. The team helps to inform environmental stewardship and sustainably sound decisions about urban and community lands and the broader watershed, for wildlife and people.

Northeastern Area Staff Consults on Trees for Land Trust

DURHAM, N.H. --- Forest health experts from Northeastern Area's Durham, NH, Field Office and the Uni­versity of New Hampshire recently assessed the age and health issues of trees on a parcel of private land that the Southeast Land Trust is considering for conservation. After doing core samples of sev­eral black gums, they determined the ages to be 154-450 years old, and found symptoms of nectria canker and heart rot in some trees. The land also includes beech trees in good health and some pitch pines with signs of needlecast disease.   

iTree Free Online Instructional Workshop Series

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- A state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, i-Tree provides analysis and benefits assessment tools to help communities of all sizes quantify the structure of community trees and the environmental services they provide. The live, interactive monthly Web-based sessions introduce i-Tree, explain how it fits into urban forest management, and provide hands-on demonstrations. Get more information and register for the free sessions at the Urban Natural Resources Institute Web site.

A special interactive session will be presented on September 8, 2016, featuring the i-Tree Landscape application, which allows you to explore tree canopy, land cover, and basic demographic information in a location of your choosing. You will learn about the benefits of trees in your selected location, see how planting trees will increase the benefits provided, and map the areas where you decide to prioritize your tree planting efforts. Preregistration is required--visit
Forest Service "On the Map" at Esri Conference

WASHINGTON --- The Forest Service took center stage at the Plenary Session of the 2016 Esri International User Conference, held June 27 - July 1, 2016, in San Diego, CA. Charles "Hobie" Perry, Northern Research Station, and Chris Oswalt, Southern Research Station, teamed up to demon­strate the Forest Atlas of the United States--an online set of diverse apps for discovering the science and stories of our ever-changing forestlands. In addition, at the Esri 3D Imaging and Mapping Forum on June 26, the Forest Service took home the Esri 3D Excellence Award, for the advancement of 3D GIS technol­ogy, for communicating wildfire information. Jim Hubbard, Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, accepted the award. (Source: USDA Forest Service Chief's Desk --- People, Places and Things, July 15, 2016)

How Much Does That Tree Weigh?
Cover of publication titled_ Tree _ Stand Measurement

DURHAM, N.H. --- Sawtimber and pulpwood are sold by the ton, so the weight of a tree needs to be estimated while it is standing in the woods. Tree & Stand Measurement, a University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension publication, provides rough estimates. For example, an 18-inch diameter tree with 40 feet (five sticks) of merchantable wood would weigh about 1 (1.098) ton. View the publication on the University of New Hampshire Extension Web site. (Source: Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Capital Ideas Newsletter, July 2016)

Have You Tried DigiTop Navigator?
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --- Navigator is a search tool that includes data from over 10 different databases: Agricola, Biosis, CAB Abstracts, Ebsco Environment Complete, Geobase, GeoRef, Medline, Zoological Record, Scopus, Web of Science, and Treesearch. More databases are being added as they become available. You can also do a search and then select just the items from one or two databases if that is what you want. To do a Navigator search go to Contact or call 970-498-1207 for help with DigiTop. Funding for DigiTop is provided by 10 USDA agencies, including the Forest Service.
Every Kid in a Park --- List of Sites
WASHINGTON --- As part of the Every Kid in a Park program, one of the resources offered to teachers is a list of Federal lands and water sites that are suitable for school field trips. See the current list, organized by State, on the Every Kid in a Park Web site.
What You Should Know About Heat Illness

Heat illness is serious, and strenuous activity increases the danger. Know the signs of heat illness and learn how to prepare and pace yourself at different levels of activity in extreme heat.
Tour of Menominee Nation Showcases Sustainable Forest History
Woman and two men standing in the woods by a sign with four logos and the words _Learning path_ in Menominee and English.
Brazilian researchers Frederico França and Tâmara Amorim França toured the College of Menominee Nation with Chris Caldwell, Director of the Sustainable Development Institute. (Photo: Jennifer Youngblood)

KESHENA, Wis. --- Researchers and PhD students from Mississippi State University, working at the Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory, visited Menominee for a forestry tour in July. The Forest Products Lab, and three other Forest Service units (Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, Northern Research Station, Eastern Region) work in partnership with the College of Menominee Nation under a memorandum of understanding. The group toured with Menominee forestry management and sawmill staff, along with its mill products division. Activities included a dialogue with the interim president of the college and forestry interns, and directors of the Sustainable Development Institute and Center for First Americans Forestlands. They also attended the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Board meeting. The Menominee Nation has over 100 years of sustainable forestry practice, from forest business and management to academics.
Welcome, Peter Beringer
Head and shoulders photo of smiling man
Peter Beringer is the new forest stewardship coordinator, stationed in Durham, NH. (Photo: Glenn Rosenholm)
Peter Beringer reported aboard the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry as the Durham, NH, field office's new Forest Stewardship Program coordinator, June 27. He replaced Roger Monthey who retired earlier this year.

Beringer comes from the Maine Forest Service, where he worked for 22 years out of Augusta. There, he served as the director of support services with a focus on Federal grant management, oversight of grant administration, and as a financial officer for that State agency. He also performed duties as senior support staff for the Maine State Forester. Read more.
Free Online Course in Civic Ecology
ITHACA, N.Y. --- Cornell University will be offering a 6-week course in Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology. Explore why and how people come together to care for nature and community in cities and after disasters around the world. Get more information.
Upcoming Conferences
Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference, October 17 - 19, 2016, LaCrosse, WI. Learn more and register at the conference Web site.

New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, October 20 - 30, 2016, Upton, NY. Registration is due by September 26. Learn more and register at the Academy Web site.

Wildfire in the Northeast: Meeting the Challenge, December 6 - 8, 2016, Mystic, CT. Learn more and register at the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission Web site. Contact your State forest fire prevention specialist in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic.  
Job Vacancies
Forestry and Grounds Supervisor, City of Monroe, MI. Deadline is October 31, 2016. Get details at egovlink.

Forestry Ranger, Part-time, City of Rochester Hills, MI. Open until filled. Get details at the City of Rochester Hills Web page.

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