To find out more about the Roads/Riparian/Restoration Project or to request training, contact Anthony Edwards, Project Team Leader:
Phone: 909-599-1267, ext. 235
No, not the Elton John song. We are referring to a promising new backpack tree marking paint system that San Dimas is developing. This pressurized system does away with the heavy trigger pull of the old paint guns, can be used with both citrus-based and water-soluble paints, and cleans up easily. The Rocketman comes in two sizes, one holding 2.5 gallons of paint and the other holding 1.25 gallons. The backpacks fit the specific tank without leaving exposed edges to catch on brush. They are also insulated to prevent the paint from thickening in cold weather.
All components in the Rocketman system are readily available. The steel tanks and fitted backpacks are sold under the Rocketman trademark as a mobile drink-dispensing system for sport stadiums. The Rocketman system is an easily procured, easily maintained, economical backpack tree marking system.
For more information on the Rocketman tree marking system, contact Ralph Gonzales, Project Leader:
Phone: 909-599-1267, ext. 212
Just because a muffler or spark arrester says "USFS Approved" or "Forest Service Approved" does not mean it really was approved. Forest Service inspectors must consult the Spark Arrester Guide to check for the specific spark arrester model number.
The online Spark Arrester Guide is available to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees at:
http://fsweb.sdtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/programs/fire/spark/sag-index.html. Printed guides are available through the National Interagency Fire Center at:
Attn: Great Basin Cache Supply Office
3833 South Development Avenue
Boise, ID 83705-5354
The order numbers for the guides are:
NFES 2363 - Multi-Position Small Engine Spark Arrester Guide, Volume 2 (June 2001)
NFES 1363 - General Purpose and Locomotive Spark Arrester Guide, Volume 1 (May 2000)
For more information on the Spark Arrester Approval Program, contact Ralph Gonzales, Project Team Leader:
Phone: 909-599-1267, ext. 212
The Mouse and Smokey Bear
Disney's new theme park, California Adventure, includes three replica Forest Service fire lookouts built with the help of the San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC). Disney contacted Ralph Taylor, Fire Program Leader at SDTDC, in 1998. With the help of Mike Mcintyre, forest archeologist on the Angeles National Forest, Ralph located lookout equipment, including an Osborne fire finder and many lookout pictures. Ralph and Mike gave the Disney personnel an extensive briefing on lookout history, traditions, procedures, and operations. The studio constructed three lookouts connected by a suspended rope trail and built an Osborne fire finder, making subtle changes to childproof it.
The Disney lookouts include a minimuseum with pictures of California fire lookouts along with other items collected from national forests. Children can simulate a parachute landing by sliding down a rope at a smokejumper training tower.
If you visit the Anaheim, CA, area, you can see Disney's tribute to Forest Service history and tradition in the Redwood Creek Challenge area of California Adventure.
Desktop Shortcut to MTDC's FSWeb Site (Not Available Over the Internet)
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees can reach MTDC's Web site easily by installing an icon on their computer desktops. We have created a program that will install the icon on the desktop of a Windows 95 computer. The installation program is available at the FSWeb address: http://fsweb.mtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/icon
|With a Windows 2000 machine, install the icon on the desktop yourself. Open Internet Explorer to MTDC's FSWeb site at: http://fsweb.mtdc.wo.fs.fed.us. Click on "File/Send/Shortcut to Desktop" on Internet Explorer's menubar. The desktop will have an Internet Explorer icon with the text "MTDC Home Page" beneath it.|
Everyday Hazmat FSWeb Site
We've prepared an easy-to-understand summary of hazardous materials, regulations, and links to helpful information for persons working with hazardous materials. We welcome your comments as we continue to improve these materials. The FSWeb site is available to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees at: http://fsweb.mtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/everyday_hazmat/
For more information on the Everyday Hazmat Web Site, contact Wes Throop, Project Leader:
Acid Mine Drainage
Two additional reports have been published. Using Recharge Control to Reduce Mine Adit Discharges: A Preliminary Investigation (0071-2804-MTDC) discusses most of the Montana sites with discharges that might benefit from passive treatment. The information gathered about these mines provides a good basis to identify other sites.
Adit Discharge Monitoring Summary for the Elkhorn and Charter Oak Mines, MT (0071-2858-MTDC) reports on an adit discharge monitoring project that began in 1998. This type of hardrock mine is found throughout the United States. This report investigates the yearly variation in the flow and chemical composition of the mines' discharge. Measuring water quantity and quality over an extended time period helps explain the source of the discharge water and provides valuable information to anyone planning to treat or control acid mine drainage.
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees may order acid mine drainage reports electronically over the FSWeb using the following form:
You may also order any of these reports by contacting Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications:
Forest Service fire managers need to know how much area can be covered by different types of airtankers when they drop retardant. The Wildland Fire Chemical Systems Program tests a variety of fixed- and rotary-wing tankers to determine the parameters for optimum fire retardant ground pattern coverage. The tests cover a wide range of fuel and fire conditions, varying airspeeds, and different drop heights. A majority of the tests are made with three materials: water, foam, and gum-thickened retardant.
The drop tests are conducted over an array of plastic bowls. The quantity of material in each bowl is measured and a pattern of ground coverage is determined for the specific type of material dropped at a set airspeed and height from each of 22 types of airtankers or helibuckets. The results of these tests are published in a series of drop guides.
These guides allow managers to estimate the length of line a specific airtanker or helicopter can produce at various levels of coverage. The proper coverage level, expressed in gallons per 100 square feet, depends on the fuel model. Tables in the drop guides show the desired coverage for specific fuel models using both the National Fire Danger Rating System and the Fire Behavior Fuel Model descriptions.
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees may order drop guides electronically over the FSWeb using the following form:
You may also order drop guides by contacting Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications:
Monitoring Smoke Particulates
The Missoula Technology and Development Center has completed an evaluation of commercially available optical instruments that measure particulate concentrations in real time. The results of this study were published in: Evaluations of Optical Instruments for Real-Time Continuous Monitoring of Smoke Particulates (0025-2860-MTDC).
The key items MTDC evaluated were accuracy, reliability, and portability. Other characteristics that contribute to the ease of setup and operation were also evaluated. Optical instruments were selected because they offered the best real-time continuous smoke sampling at a reasonable cost. The data were collected in four distinct experiments with two Federal Reference Method monitors used as a standard. Two experiments were conducted in a smoke chamber where pine needles were burned in a flaming and in a smoldering state. The other two experiments were conducted in ambient conditions near forest fires.
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees may order the smoke monitoring report electronically over the FSWeb using the following form:
You may also order this report by contacting Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications:
The Facility Toolbox for Managers is a set of interactive management tools designed to help line officers and their staff manage facilities efficiently. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees can reach the Web site at http://fsweb.mtdc.wo.fs.fed.us/toolbox. Nine new tools are ready for review and comment. Some of the topics include: facility master planning, build or lease analysis, collocating with other agencies, and the use of storefronts and service centers. These tools will be updated and new ones will be added. MTDC encourages your continued input to ensure that these tools meet the needs of facility managers. We also appreciate additional photos and examples for this Web site.
Please use the comment form on MTDC's FSWeb site to send comments, photos, and examples of successful tools, or to contact Mary Ann Davies:
Ten reports dealing with wildland fire safety and their graphics have been collected on a CD. The CD collection allows users to view or print the reports and to save the graphics for use in their own reports or presentations.
The CD starts automatically when it is inserted in a PC. It can be used on Macintosh or UNIX computers, but it will not start automatically on those machines.
The reports are in the Adobe Acrobat format. The free Acrobat Reader software for PCs is included on the CD. The graphics are displayed as thumbnail-sized images. When a user double-clicks on a thumbnail-sized image, the full-sized version is displayed. The graphics are in the .jpeg or .gif formats. They can be printed or saved for use in reports or presentations.
To order the Wildland Fire Safety Collection CD, contact Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications:
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A number of Forest Health Protection documents have been converted to electronic format to make them more widely available. Many of these documents are also available in print and can be ordered by contacting Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications.
Recent MTDC Reports
Recent MTDC Videos
|00-06-MTDC A Science-Based Roads Analysis Process for the National Forests
00-04-MTDC Focus on the Mission: Transporting Wildland Firefighters
To order these videos contact Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications:
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Modern fluorescent lights can save money and energy when they replace older lights. Information to help you determine whether to upgrade existing fluorescent lights is available in the Tech Tip Fluorescent Lamp Retrofits: Savings or Fantasy? (0171-2310-MTDC)
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees may order the fluorescent lamp report electronically over the FSWeb using the following form:
|0171 2310||Fluorescent Lamp Retrofits: Savings or Fantasy?|
You may also order this report by contacting Emily Ranf, MTDC Publications:
The Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) has distributed the Wilderness Remote Sensing Sourcebook CD to all Forest Service field offices. Randy Welsh, the Intermountain Region's wilderness coordinator and Don Evans, a remote sensing specialist at RSAC, developed the sourcebook. This CD includes primers on remote sensing, GPS, and sources for remote sensing data. Case studies of completed projects may help managers decide whether remote sensing technologies will work for them. The sourcebook CD should interest resource staff employees, GIS personnel, and information managers. While the examples come from wilderness settings, the principles of remote sensing apply in other settings.
If you have any questions about the CD, or would like a copy, contact Henry Lachowski or Don Evans:
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202–720–2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, D.C. 20250–9410, or call 202–720–5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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