Webinar: Drought and Invasive Species

This webinar is presented by SREF & Forest Service Office of Sustainability and Climate.

What will you learn?

Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks). Learn more… Continue reading

Regional Forest Pathologist

OUTREACH NOTICE – REPLY by June 17, 2016

USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Region

Forest Health Protection

State & Private Forestry

Regional Forest Pathologist, GS-0434-12/13

R6 Regional Office, Portland, Oregon

POSITION: The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region will soon be advertising the above position located in Portland, Oregon.             Continue reading

Tree disease identification, management program slated for June 17 in San Antonio

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A Tree Disease Identification and Management program June 17 in San Antonio will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others, coordinators said.

The program will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park, 8400 N.W. Military Drive. Continue reading

Thousand Cankers Disease Survey Guidelines Available

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Plant Protection and Quarantine have published online the Thousand Cankers Disease Survey Guidelines for 2016. The guidelines provide standardized techniques for surveys of TCD. To view the guidelines click here.

Thousand cankers disease (TCD) is a disease complex that threatens millions of black walnut trees (Juglans nigra) in forests and urban areas in the United States. The disease is the result of the combined activity of a fungus (Geosmithia morbida) and the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis).

For further information on TCD, refer to the Web site http://www.thousandcankers.com or contact William Wesela, National Policy Manager, 301-851-2229, William.D.Wesela@aphis.usda.gov; or, Bruce Moltzan, National Program Leader, Forest Pathology, 703- 605-5336, bmoltzan@fs.fed.us.

Drought and higher temperatures likely to bring more insects

The U.S. Forest Service today released a new report, Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis, that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on U.S. forests and rangelands. This report will help the Forest Service better manage forests and grasslands impacted by climate change.

“Our forests and rangelands are national treasures, and because they are threatened, we are threatened,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This report confirms what we are seeing, that every region of the country is impacted by the direct and indirect effects of drought conditions and volatile weather patterns. Sixty million Americans rely on drinking water that originates on our 193 million acres of national forest and grasslands. They support 200,000 jobs and contribute over $13 billion to local economies every year.” Continue reading

Forest Ecologist opening in Russellville, AR

This vacancy announcement for the U.S. Forest Service is for a Forest Ecologist, GS-408-12 on the Ozark-St. Francis NF, Supervisors Office Russellville, AR.  The announcement number is 16-0810-215005DP-AW; opening on 1/28/2016; closing 2/04/2016.  You may also click on the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/427751300 .  This vacancy announcement is open to external applicants. 

Program Coordinator I with Texas A&M Forest Service

Program Coordinator I (Forest Pest Management Cooperative) with Texas A&M Forest Service, Lufkin, TX

The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS, formerly Texas Forest Service) is seeking a professional forest entomologist or equivalent to serve as Program Coordinator I with the Forest Pest Management Cooperative (FPMC), headquartered in Lufkin, Texas. The FPMC, supported by dues-paying members and research grants, conducts applied research and technology transfer on major pests of southern forests and urban trees.

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