BOISE, Idaho, May 13, 2013 – During a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell outlined the Federal Government’s efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire, and urged homeowners and local communities to take steps to reduce their risks during the 2013 fire season.
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 — U.S. Forest Service researchers recently found that about 90 percent of fuel reduction treatments on national forests were effective in reducing the intensity of wildfire while also allowing for better wildfire control.
The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the California Conservation Corps to provide firefighter training for military veterans. A pilot program started with three crews in 2011 which resulted in the hiring of 45 veterans. Because the pilot was such a success, the partnership agreement was extended and expanded in 2012. More than 50 military veterans between the ages of 19 and 27 participated in this year’s training, bringing a total of 100 firefighters in the program.
As an environmental educator, I’ve taken tons of kids outside for fun and educational experiences in the woods. Now, I am looking forward taking my own son out for his first discoveries and to create memories we’ll share for years to come. Since some of my friends have asked me for pointers on taking their kids camping, I figured I would share this with you too. I hope it helps. Plus, National Kids to Parks Day, is May 18. What better way to help children explore nature.
Place is a huge factor in the life of this interpreter on the world’s largest temperate rainforest - the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The allure of the natural environment in southeast Alaska has helped create her fusion of interests: being a real natural-foods foodie, passionate about working with kids and being committed to community. Oh yes, and just ask her about her interest in slime molds.