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Secretary Vilsack Statement on Arthur "Butch" Blazer

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the departure of Arthur "Butch" Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. Mr. Blazer, whose final day with USDA is Friday, May 13, was the State Forester of New Mexico from 2003 to 2010.

Texas A&M Forest Service employee honored nationally for fire prevention

Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise Coordinator Nick Harrison received the 2015 USDA Forest Service Robert E. Browning Jr. Award for his efforts in wildfire prevention.

The award is in memory of Browning, a southern wildland firefighter who gave his life battling the South Canyon Fire in Colorado in 1994. The award goes to those who have gone beyond the call of duty in the 13-state Southern Region that spans from Virginia to Texas.

Schoonhoven Named Forest Stewardship Program Manager

Laurie Schoonhoven is assuming the role as the new National Forest Stewardship Program manager in USDA Forest Service Washington Office-Cooperative Forestry after previously serving as the Sustainability Specialist for two years. 

Policy Counsel Receives Natural Resources Award

The University of Idaho College of Natural Resources selected Brent Keith, NASF's Policy Counsel, to receive the CNR Celebrating Natural Resources Award for 2015. 

Each year the College of Natural Resources Leadership Team selects alumni meeting the requirements of noteworthy achievement for six distinguished college awards. The CNR Celebrating Natural 

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Welcomes Virginia State Forester to Board

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) has announced that four leaders have been elected to the independent Board of Directors, including Virginia State Forester Bettina Ring.

NASF Welcomes Forest Science & Health Committee Contractor Bob Simpson

The National Association of State Foresters' Forest Science and Health Committee welcome new committee contractor Robert (Bob) Simpson. 

In addition to his contract position with NASF's committee, Simpson is President and CEO of GreenWoodGlobal Consulting, Ltd. His firm specializes in working with forest products companies, natural resource agencies and natural resource NGOs, helping them meet their strategic directives involving forest sustainability, with focus on family forest owners, cooperatives and communities owning and managing forest land.

Bill Kaage Named Chief of National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management

Bill Kaage has been named chief of the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. He succeeds Tom Nichols, who retired on January 31, 2014.

As the Chief, Kaage is responsible for the overall leadership, policy and program direction for the aviation, structural fire, and wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service.

He will administer a budget that exceeds $90 million in fire and aviation funding for the Service.

Susan Stein Named Director of USDA National Agroforestry Center

Susan Stein has been selected as director of the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) in Washington, D.C.
 
Stein brings extensive experience in technology transfer, working with researchers to communicate research results to managers, land owners, and policy-makers. Much of this work has been accomplished through forming and leading multidisciplinary teams from across the Federal government, as well as from universities, non-governmental organizations, and State governments.
 

Sarah McCreary's next adventure

If you were wondering what Sarah McCreary is up to post-NASF, Roll Call wrote a great story about her new role at Hamburger Co., a Democratic political and media consulting firm.

As communications director, Sarah will be working on the firm's branding, message development and web strategy efforts. She was an invaluable part of the NASF team and we wish her success in her new endeavors!

Site-Level Program Manager, Minnesota Forest Resources Council

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC), a state chartered and funded entity that advises the Governor and public agencies on sustainable forest policies and practices, is seeking an individual to manage its Site-Level Program.