REVISED VERSION-USFS Regional Intermountain News

USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region

Volume 2 Issue 14 November 7, 2018  

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Regional Intermountain News

November's theme is about how the Forest Service fosters resilient ecosystems.

  • The Forest Service works to restore impaired natural functions of forest and grassland ecosystems, such as filtering and purifying the water that goes into streams.
  • Forests and grasslands are experiencing increased disturbance, including drought, wildfires and pest-related mortality, resulting from changes in temperature and precipitation.
  • The Forest Service uses the best available science and information to understand and respond to integrated ecological, social, cultural, and economic dynamics.
  • Working with partners, Forest Service's ecological restoration projects support the growth and development of healthy ecosystems and vibrant, resilient communities.

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Regional Highlights

Dixie NF Donate a Tree

Donated Trees Revive Dixie National Forest

As part as the USDA’s Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2020, the Forest Service fosters resilient landscapes by creating programs like Dixie National Forest's Plant-A-Tree program and planting trees to revitalize scorched forests. Back in 2016, 98,000 trees were planted in the Cedar City, Powell and Escalante Ranger Districts.

On the Cedar City District, 52,770 ponderosa seedlings were planted within the 2012 Shingle Fire area. On the Powell Ranger District, 6,695 seedlings were planted in Ahlstrom Hollow and 39,168 trees in the Corn Creek area on the Escalante District, to restore forest stands impacted by insects, disease, and wildfire. Read more.

whitebark pine cones

Rocky Mountain Research Station identify effective tool to save forests from invasive beetle species

As part as the USDA’s Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2020, the Forest Service fosters resilient landscapes by combatting invasive species using smart, up-to-date methods and products. Region 4's Rocky Mountain Research Stations launched a multi-year project to protect individual cone-bearing whitebark pines (Pinus albicaulis) from mountain pine beetle (MPB) utilizing both SPLAT® Verb and verbenone pouches. Their objective was to protect trees through the course of the epidemic that began ca. 2000 in at 9,400 feet elevation near Clayton, Idaho. Read more.

Lucky Peak Nursery Seedlings

Lucky Peak Nursery Saves Seedlings for Future Forests

As part as the USDA’s Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2020, the Forest Service fosters resilient landscapes by collecting seeds and establishing seed banks for reforestation purposes. After a fire, trees that haven’t been destroyed often have the ability of producing the seeds needed to grow into future stands, or clumps of trees.  Region 4's Lucky Peak is one of six geographic dispersed Forest Service nurseries that act as seed banks. Deposits are made by ranger districts, which are the smallest units on a forest. Ranger district employees must ensure a 10-year supply of seeds is stored in the bank ready to be used when needed. Read more. 

Watershed Salmon-Challis NF

U.S. Forest Service and Partners Complete Municipal Watershed Project Plan

Following several years of data gathering, field surveys, environmental planning, and collaborative meetings, the Salmon Municipal Watershed Fuels Reduction Project Decision was recently signed by North Fork District Ranger, Ken Gebhardt.  The project is a result of a multi-year effort by several partners including the U.S. Forest Service, Lemhi Forest Restoration Group, City of Salmon, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Roadless Commission, and the public.  The decision authorizes hazardous fuels reduction treatments (thinning and prescribed fire) both within and outside the watershed boundary over a period of 10-20 years to help protect water quality and quantity for the City of Salmon. Read more.

Boreal toads

Dixie National Forest's Restoration Projects help Boreal Toads and create Resilient Landscapes

As part as the USDA’s Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2020, the Forest Service fosters resilient landscapes by restoring vital ecosystems to help the threatened boreal toads of the Dixie National Forest thrive. Utah's Dixie National Forest is the home of a “genetically distinct” boreal toad population. However, these chubby speckled creatures are currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. To save them and foster resilient landscapes, the Dixie National Forest is completing three major projects; beaver dam building and relocation; livestock enclosures and land restoration; and assurance colonies. Read more.

Willow Creek Fire 2018

2018 Willow Creek Fire Rejuvenates Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Forest

The Willow Creek Fire of 2018 is an excellent example of how the Forest Service manages fire to foster resilient landscapes. Utilizing a confine and contain strategy versus a full suppression strategy on this natural-caused fire provided ecological benefits to the land. This fire management approach was successful in providing an opportunity for

aspen regeneration, the protection of critical sage-grouse habitat, and overall benefits to the wildlife species in the area. All objectives set by the District and by the Incident Management Team were exceeded, with no major incidents to public or firefighter safety. Read more.

Bee hives at Stevens Creek on the Manti-La Sal National Forest

Brigham Young University and Manti-La Sal NF Begin Bee Research

The Manti-La Sal National Forest and Brigham Young University have been working together to design and implement a multi-year study to explore the community effects of honey bees on native pollinators in a tall-forb plant community. BYU will be evaluating the impact of introducing hives of honey bees on native bee community richness and abundance on the Wasatch Plateau of Central Utah.  Lead investigators in the project are R.L. Johnson and V.J. Anderson. Read more.

First snow of the season on the peaks throughout the Lost River Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Public Workshops Focus on Salmon-Challis National Forest Plan Development

Members of the public will have an opportunity to check in with the Salmon-Challis National Forest Plan Revision team at workshops starting November 1. The first phase of the 4-year plan revision process – assessment – was completed in July.

“We are now looking to work with the public to take those issues that are important for a forest plan to address, and begin to design different scenarios that would meet the needs of a healthy forest and healthy communities,” explained Josh Milligan, forest plan revision team leader. Read more.

Mule Deer Winter Habitat Project Logan Ranger District

Mule Deer Winter Habitat Project at Logan Ranger District                 

The Logan Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest invites the community to join us for the Seeding and Shrub Planting project days to improve mule deer winter habitat.  Volunteers are invited to participate at one or both of the scheduled days.  Come join in the fun, exercise, meet new people as well as give back to the local community and improve the wildlife habitat! 

Volunteers will be spreading sage, bitter brush, chokecherry, serviceberry and snowberry seeds and planting mountain big sagebrush, mahogany, snowberry and bitterbrush seedlings. Read more.

nez perce tribe

Boise National Forest Collaborates with Nez Perce Tribe to Restore Water

As part as the USDA’s Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2020, the Forest Service fosters resilient landscapes by working with partners to restoring vital ecosystems and resources. The Boise National Forest partnered with Nez Perce Tribe to restore steams, improve water quality, and enhance fish habitat in the South Fork Salmon River subbasin and Dollar Creek. Read more.

Award for Larrie Anderson, Kent Bunderson, Rhett Burkman, Rich Etchberger, Floyd Farnsworth, John Hunt, Donald Jaques, Philip Oviatt, Beck Williams.

2018 Regional Forester Awards

The Intermountain Regional Leadership Team and guests had the opportunity to recognize the 2018 Regional Forester Honor Award recipients on October 24, 2018. The nominations are always inspiring and reflect the significant achievements of our employees and partners. Read more.

Kurt Thiel Boots in the Forest

Boots in the Forest: Kurt Thiel

"When you advance into fire leadership, you then become responsible not only for yourself, but for the safety of other firefighters. I think situational awareness is the key. Without that, you can’t ensure safe operations."

Kurt Thiel is the Deputy Fire Management Officer (FMO) at the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Thiel works to support the Fire Management Office and conducts prescribed fires and fuel treatments to help foster resilient landscapes in the region. When Thiel retires in 2019, he plans to care for his self-sustaining farm and hunt. Read more.

Stories in Stone

Forest Service Geologic Resources Program creates "Stories in Stone"

The Forest Service Geologic Resources Program plays a key role in helping the agency to achieve its mission of "Caring for the Land and Serving People" by using the latest technology to provide a basic scientific understanding of the earth. The Geologic Resources, Hazards and Services Group is pleased to announce that Stories in Stone – Geologic Features of our National Forests is live and available to the public. It can be accessed directly or through our Geologic Resources external site.

National Forest System (NFS) lands encompass a wide range of geology. The Minerals and Geology Management Program administers a variety of different geologic resources across NFS lands such as groundwater, caves and karst, geohazards, and paleontological resources. The scientific understanding of geologic processes is a crucial component of land-use planning and management in order to sustain ecosystems and support multiple uses of geological resources

volunteer opportunity at Lamoille Canyon

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