TEAMS Fuels Reduction in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area
The Spring Mountains fuels reductions project You Tube video is now available for all to see at: http://youtu.be/7flzjAZzGHA
San Bernardino Fuels Reduction Demo
Check out the San Bernardino National Forest fuels reduction demo. TEAMS Employees Steve Alarid and K'Lynne Weldon were both on hand working with the Forest and discussing hazardous fuels reduction treatment tools. Read more
TEAMS Employees Awarded for Work in Region 4
Congratulations to TEAMs employees Jan Spencer, Kristen Whisennand, IDT members on the Upper North Fork Project. This project is being recognized as a 2015 Regional Forester’s Award for Sustaining Forests and Grasslands! The award will be given during the Regional Leadership Team meeting in Ogden, Utah on October 7, 2015.
Following several years of local collaborative work, the Salmon‐Challis National Forest and the Lemhi County Forest Restoration Group are pleased to announce that the Final Record of Decision for the Upper North Fork Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) Ecosystem Restoration Project has been signed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Intermountain Regional Forester, Nora Rasure. “This is a wonderful success for the Forest and our collaborative partners,” said Chuck Mark, Salmon‐Challis National Forest Supervisor. “We have been working very closely with our partners over the past 6 years to develop a proposal to reduce hazardous fuels, restore plant communities and improve fish and wildlife habitat and I’m thrilled to be moving forward in a collaborative fashion,” he said. Read more
Sequoia National Forest Green Team Include TEAMS Employee Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly, Wildlife Biologist for TEAMS Enterprise, has always been conservation minded, and work hard to do her part to Reduce/Reuse/Recycle:
Before Sustainable Operations became a program, Nancy worked with Lisa Whitcomb of the Enterprise Technical Services on Environmental Management Services (Sustainable Operations) to help forests reduce their footprint. Little did they know at that time, the Forest Service was about to form a national sustainable operations team.
One of the forests Nancy worked with was the Sequoia where she helped develop its baseline document. When the Sequoia developed a Green Team late last year, the team asked if Nancy would join. TEAMS had not yet developed a Green Team, so she chose to participate as she could from her home office.
One of the activities Nancy assisted with was a three-week survey to see what individuals were doing to meet the targets of the Mt. Whitney Green Challenge. Recycling, energy saving, teleworking, etc.
It's no surprise that Nancy became one of the top participants in the green challenge this year. Congratulations Nancy!
Here are the results from that survey...
National Environmental Excellence Award
Don Helmbrecht, TEAMS Fuels Specialist was part of a group of scientists and resource specialists that contributed to Valles Caldera National Preserve Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan, which recently was selected by the National Association of Environmental Professionals for a 2015 National Environmental Excellence award. Don's contribution included state of the art geospatial modeling and analysis to predict potential fire behavior, and risk to highly valued resources, providing critical information to guide management decisions associated with this national treasure. Read more about TEAMS Hazardous Fuels Treatment Services
Pacific Southwest Region Recognizes Two Enterprise Units
The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit's Cohesive Strategy Update project was a true collaboration with over 20 groups represented from local fire organizations, county, state and federal governments. Two Enterprise Units--AMSET and TEAMS worked together to assist with the effort. Recently, he Pacific Southwest Regional Forester recognized this effort at the 2014 Pacific Southwest Regional awards ceremony. At the time of the project, Bruce Higgins, a TEAM project liaison officer, was acting as AMSET's executive officer. AMSET staff and partners asked Bruce to provide facilitation and project management assistance to support AMSET Science team lead Scott Dailey and GIS Specialist Chris Clervi who were providing data management and analysis. Over the course of four in-person meetings, many conference calls, and multiple document drafts, the collaborative group succeeded in completing the update in time for the August Tahoe Summit. The Strategy was well received at the event by both governors, state and federal authorities, and the general public. Congratulations to Bruce, Chris, and Scott!
TEAMS Enterprise Unit Employee Receives Tongass National Forest Award
Greg Robertson, TEAMS Enterprise Fisheries Biologist provided contract inspection as well as site design and construction expertise for the Kuiu Island Stream Restoration project.
Greg was a critical team member due to his expertise with in stream restoration projects, and was noted as a critical participant to the success of this project.
Greg's efforts allowed the Tongass National Forest to successfully implement a very complicated project and meet contractual obligations on time.
Camilo Arias, TEAMS Hydrologist was recently selected by the Forest Service International Programs office to provide technical assistance in the development of a watershed monitoring network in Southern Ecuador.
We collaborated with the national university and government representatives to outline plans for data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination.
A hydro-meteorological station network would provide the real-time data, long term data needed for paired watershed studies, and help parameterize hydrological models.
In many aspects, the international experience is similar to what TEAMS specialists do in the U.S., the difference is the landscape tropical setting, extensive land use, and the beautiful tropical flowers.
Recipient of the Enterprise Director's Award TEAMS Own Judy York
“Excellent service provider and ambassador for Enterprise. Very impressive!”
Most people throughout the Enterprise Program know or have heard of Judy York. They know she is smart and approachable, and that she will probably be able to help them with their document and Microsoft Word dilemmas.
Any enterprise unit that has to write a report, or somehow document their work, has only to go to the TEAMS’ SharePoint site under Planning and Writer/Editors to get all the information and tools that Judy has provided to create a professional and publishable document. Read more
Use TEAMS Enterprise Unit to fill in when you have a temporary need in your office!
Steve Kozlowski is currently helping the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District on the White River National Forest by serving as the District wildlife biologist for the next several weeks. Steve is working for the district through a work order that fits him to a tee. Steve’s reputation precedes him. As TEAMS received the request from the district, the district specifically asked for Steve. With a work order, you can specifically name request one of our employees to fill your need.
Recently Steve reported he was out and about on the district, talking with the public about all things wildlife.Of course, the gorgeous fall colors found in this picture perfect Forest were a bonus to this assignment.
Salmon Challis National Forest Thanks TEAMS for Help with Finishing a Record of Decision
"Kudos for Becky Riegle, Maple Taylor, Stephanie Valentine, Jenny Fryxell and Janell McCurdy! Thank you TEAMS for helping us meet this incredibly important due date!You folks rock."
Beaverhead-Deerlodge & Salmon-Challis National Forest
"I second that! Thanks TEAM's folks! We couldn't have done this without all of your help!!!"
Kimberly Delgado Nelson
Forest Staff Officer
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Kudos to the Shoshone Forest Plan Revision Team
The Washington Office Acting Director for Ecosystem Management Coordination recently complimented the Forest Supervisor for the completion of the land management plan revision for the Shoshone National Forest Plan. “ I understand the amount of dedicated effort and perseverance that is necessary to complete a plan revision. I know you and your staff have worked collaboratively throughout the process providing multiple forums for engagement with stakeholders interested in the management of the Shoshone, often under difficult conditions. I also commend your commitment to delivering a revised plan in the scheduled time frame. This effort is a significant accomplishment”.
TEAMS specialists played a major role in this effort! They all deserve to be proud of their efforts. This team worked diligently to prepare analysis and a great final product. A congratulatory shout out goes out to:
Lois Pfeffer - Co-IDTL with the Forest planner (Lois worked with the IDT on the FEIS efforts, the Forest planner worked with the Cooperators on the Plan and RO contacts)
Pat Goude, Maple Taylor – Writer editors
Vickey Eubank - pitched in early on with some project record reference indexing
Marynell Oechsner - retired TEAMS wildlife biologist and contactor, supported the effort with background species assessment work
TEAMS eMNEPA Group provided a useful comment database and public concern statements from approximately 23,480 responses (including approximately 22,400 form letters) received on the DEIS.
TEAMS offers certified timber sale expertise in all regions of the Forest Service and for other Government agencies.
Featuring Steve Collins (left) who recently completed SALHI (Sale Area Layout Harvesting Institute) training in Missoula Montana.
Congratulations to those TEAMS employees who helped write the environmental assessment (EA) for the Cathedral Rock Campground located in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area.
Brian Logan, Judy York, Larry Amell, Vince Archer, Blaze Baker, and Eric Moser were all instrumental in the success of the EA and the grand opening of this beautiful campground!