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Prescribed fire online tools now available through Texas A&M Forest Service

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:31

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Fire, field and forestry professionals now have additional tools, resources and online checklists to safely and effectively conduct prescribed burns in Texas. Texas A&M Forest Service is launching an online toolkit with comprehensive step-by-step information to assist burn managers

Texas firefighters head to California to help fight deadly wildfires

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:31

August 7, 2018 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Some 98 firefighters from 29 Texas fire departments in 20 counties will head to California this week to fight wildfires that have burned more than 750,000 acres. The deployment is an activation of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) for wildfire suppression

Texas A&M Forest Service is investigating reports of an invasive pest in Fort Worth

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:31

July 30, 2018 - FORT WORTH, Texas - Forest pest experts are investigating reports that the invasive emerald ash borer may have been found in Tarrant County.   Last week, entomologists identified EAB in a photograph submitted to an online nature social network. The photo was taken by a young naturalist, just 10 ye

Attention Coastal Bend Texas Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:31

August 1, 2018 — CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?  From Au

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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:31

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

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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:31

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

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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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.

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