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September 11, 2017

Ways to help Texas fire departments impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Officials from key fire service organizations of Texas are asking for monetary donations and equipment to help local Texas fire departments impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Texas A&M Forest Service, State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association, Texas Fire Chiefs Association, Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System, and State Fire Marshal’s Office, officials deployed an online Rapid [read more]

August 18, 2017

Eclipse 2017 Resources

For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire United States on August 21, 2017.  A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and blocks the bright light of the Sun’s surface from view. The shadow of the Moon will fall in [read more]

August 1, 2017

Don't Fly a Drone Over A Wildfire

The National Interagency Fire Center says unauthorized drones have been detected over or near wildfires 17 times this year in nine western states. Of those incidents, 14 caused aerial firefighting operations to be grounded entirely. In 2016, unauthorized drones cropped up near wildfires more than 40 times, grounding air operations more than half the time. “Any [read more]

July 31, 2017

Fires Test Performance of Tall Wood Buildings

Wood buildings provide an array of economic and environmental benefits, and interest in capitalizing on those benefits by constructing mid- to high-rise buildings using cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing. CLT is made from layers of dried lumber boards stacked in alternating direction at 90-degree angles, glued and pressed to form solid panels. These panels have [read more]

January 31, 2017

Share Your Arbor Day Events

Arbor Day has always been one of those holidays loyally celebrated by some and yet completely unknown to others. It’s time to change that. This year the National Association of State Foresters and the Arbor Day Foundation are asking you to submit information about your local Arbor Day celebration to be included on a cool [read more]

December 22, 2016

Celebrate Arbor Day on April 28, 2017

With 2017 just around the corner, now is the time to start planning an Arbor Day celebration in your community. Ideas for celebrations and ready-to-use resources are available through the Arbor Day Foundation to help you get ready, including: Ways to celebrate the tree-planting holiday. The history of national Arbor Day. Ideas for inspiring your school or [read more]

December 19, 2016

Keeping Southern Forests Healthy and Strong

By Dr. David Coyle, Forest Health and Invasive Species Program at Southern Regional Extension Forestry Tree-munching insects, marauding fungi, and non-native plants are threatening the health of forests in the Southern United States.   To combat these menaces, accurate, up-to-date information on pest and invasive species management and control is key.   The Forest Health and [read more]