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Texas A&M Forest Service Honored for Achievement in GIS

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:30

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — July 11, 2018 — Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented Texas A&M Forest Service with Esri's Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 11 at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, Texas A&M Forest Service recei

Urban Forest Strike Team surveys Houston trees for flooding effects of Hurricane Harvey

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 16:31

June 27, 2018 — HOUSTON, Texas — Months after the storm, Hurricane Harvey may still be causing damage. Urban Forest Strike Team members from across the nation examined trees in Harris County Bear Creek Park this week for effects of prolonged flooding. Bear Creek Park was under approximately four feet of water for

Texas A&M Forest Service issues safety tips for Fourth of July holiday

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:31

June 28, 2018 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, and while sitting by the campfire, grilling a favorite dish or using fireworks are common activities — they could spark a wildfire.  Approximately 90 percent of wildfires are caused by people and their activities and Ind

Forestry agency uses a web application to support economic development in East Texas

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

June 21, 2018  —  LUFKIN, Texas — Angelina Forest Products, LLC recently announced plans to open a $100 million sawmill in Lufkin, Texas.  The softwood mill is expected to be in place by spring of 2019, creating 100 full-time jobs and contributing $52 million to the Texas economy in its first year.  “We made the

Firefighters gather in East Texas for annual Wildland Fire Training Academy

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

LUFKIN, Texas – More than 200 emergency responders will attend the 21st Annual East Texas Wildfire and Incident Management Academy over the next two weeks to improve their knowledge and skills for combating wildfires and managing the complex, large scale disasters that often occur in Texas.  The East Texas

Longleaf Ridge Phase II

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

A conservation easement in Jasper County, recently acquired by Texas A&M Forest Service for $2.7 million, will permanently protect nearly 5,500 acres of sustainably managed timberland in East Texas. The easement is located north of Jasper in the area known as Longleaf Ridge.

2018 Texas Arbor Day host city announced

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

EL PASO, Texas — In Texas, the official state Arbor Day celebration is held in a different host city each year on the first Friday in November. Today, on National Arbor Day, Texas A&M Forest Service announced that this year’s state celebration will be hosted in El Paso, Texas. Across the Lone Star State

Wildfire Outbreak Forecast for Tuesday

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

April 16, 2018 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — There is high probability of a significant wildfire outbreak in West Texas and the Panhandle Tuesday, April 17 with elevated to critical wildfire conditions present today. The areas of concern include Amarillo, Ft. Stockton, and Midland/Odessa. “With these con

Texas A&M Forest Service receives U.S. Military conservation partnership award

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

The National Military Fish & Wildlife Association has awarded Texas A&M Forest Service the 2018 Natural Resources Conservation Management Conservation Partnership Award. 

Fire departments from across the state have provided firefighters and fire engines that have been stationed throughout the Texas Panhandle and West Texa

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Fire departments from across the state have provided firefighters and fire engines that have been stationed throughout the Texas Panhandle and West Texas for response to wildfires that have burned near 52,000 acres this year. 

Spring is prime time for spread of deadly oak wilt disease

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

AUSTIN, Texas — The big, beautiful live oaks that line your street and shade your home aren’t indefensible. There’s a silent killer that at this very moment could be creeping down your block, one yard at a time. Considered an epidemic throughout Central Texas, oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree

Higher-end critical wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Higher-end critical wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle tomorrow, March 18. There is a high probability of significant wildfire outbreak or a weather phenomenon called a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak. 

Critical fire weather conditions present over Western Texas today

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Critical and elevated wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. The areas of concern include Amarillo, Lubbock and Childress. 

Two North Texas communities earn national recognition

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Two North Texas communities earn national recognition for cooperative wildfire mitigation efforts. The Lake Palo Pinto and 7R Ranch communities have earned the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA™ distinction.

After the flood: Texas A&M University students help plant trees along the Blanco River

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Texas A&M University students planted seedlings Saturday to help restore flood-damaged areas of the Blanco River. Aggie Replant, a student organization whose members strive to improve the community through tree planting events and environmental service.

20-year veteran of Texas A&M Forest Service receives Regents Fellow Award for management of wildland fire response systems

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Cynthia Foster, head of the Wildfire Planning and Preparedness Department at Texas A&M Forest Service received the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Fellow Service Award on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at a presentation ceremony in College Station. 

Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Panhandle and West Texas regions Wednesday

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Panhandle and West Texas regions Wednesday with a small chance of a weather-caused phenomena called a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award to TFS employees

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Educational outreach team members who helped incorporate fire resistance ratings into the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Earth-Kind® Plant Selector were awarded a Superior Service Award for a Team today, Jan. 9, at a ceremony in Bryan, Texas.

Texas A&M AgriLife awards TFS forester for public service

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Texas A&M AgriLife has awarded Andrew Crocker, Staff Forester for Texas A&M Forest Service, the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Pubic Service in Forestry.

Hurricane Harvey debris removal continues in Aransas County

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Months after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Texas A&M Forest Service employees are continuing their work with Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service to remove and burn vegetative debris left by the hurricane.

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