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Volume 3 Issue 1 April 2, 2019 

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In this issue: 

Regional Highlights

Secretary of Agriculture Award Received for Good Neighbor Authority Projects

Secretary of Agriculture Award Received for Good Neighbor Authority Projects


Steve Kimball, Natural Resources Staff Officer on the Payette National Forest, was recently recognized with USDA Forest Service colleagues with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for efforts to advance the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) in the state of Idaho.

GNA was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill and it allows the USDA Forest Service to enter into partnership agreements with state forestry agencies to complete critical land management projects that restore and keep National Forest System lands healthy and productive. Idaho has spearheaded this national program since its inception, with five GNA timber projects sold in the state. Income from these sales is being used to complete restoration projects on National Forest System lands across the state.

Kimball has worked for the USDA Forest Service for 38 years, having spent the past 4 years on the Payette National Forest where he provided leadership on forest health restoration through the GNA and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program. Read more.

New leadplane for Region 4

KingAir 250 Twin Engine Makes it to the Intermountain Region


After nearly eight years of writing and reviewing business cases, traveling to meetings, advocating, and developing contract specifications, the Intermountain Region Fire and Aviation Staff accepted delivery of their brand new KingAir 250 Twin Engine turboprop aircraft, N147Z, on December 26, 2018. This aircraft was the first new leadplane purchased since the early 1980’s when the USDA Forest Service acquired over 20 Beechcraft Baron Aircraft for leadplanes.

These aviation services are acquired in a variety of ways, some agency owned, some leased, many contracted, and some through agreements with states and other branches of Government. While this new aircraft will predominantly be used as a leadplane, it is also used to provide pilot training, natural resource activities and personnel transport. When aircraft is not being used to support wildland fires, they may be used for other natural resource management activities, such as conducting aerial surveys of wildlife populations and forest health.Read more.

Volunteer with Public Lands!


Click on the image to find out how you can give back to your community, improve forests and grasslands and learn about natural and cultural conservation! #NationalVolunteerWeek

Forest News

Jim Demaagd

New Forest Supervisor Named for the Sawtooth National Forest

Nora Rasure, Regional Forester of the Intermountain Region of the USDA Forest Service, is pleased in announcing the arrival of the new Forest Supervisor for the Sawtooth National Forest, Jim DeMaagd. Jim comes from the Pacific Northwest Region, where he served as Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Mt. Hood National Forest, in northern Oregon.

Jim started his new role as the Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor at the end of January, 2019. “I am excited for this new challenge in working at the Sawtooth National Forest,” said DeMaagd. “The Sawtooth is a wonderful Forest that provides a wide range of services to the public, and I am looking forward to continuing that work with the upmost commitment to public service and appropriate natural resource management.”Read more.

Butts Creek Point Fire Lookout

Butts Creek Point Fire Lookout Listed in National Register of Historic Places


The Butts Creek Point Fire Lookout was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last December. The National Register is America’s official list of historic properties considered important in our past and worthy of preservation. 

The Butts Creek Point Fire Lookout (also identified as Butts Point) is located in central Idaho on the breaks of the Salmon River Canyon within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  Situated at 7,836 feet, the ten-acre site is on a prominent knob surrounded by a forest of mixed lodgepole and fir with an understory of native grasses rooted in decomposed granitic soils. Read more.

Humboldt- Toiyabe National Forest Year in Review

HTNF Year in Review 2018

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Sage Buch participates in the International Ice Climbing Festival in Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado.

Boots in the Forest: Get to Know Forest Staff by Their Boots!

Forest Service employees, volunteers and partners wear many versions of boots to do diverse and exciting work on the national forests. Their range of footwear include cowboy boots, river sandals, ski boots, steel-toed boots, dress shoes and more. 

Read this week’s story highlight:Sage Buch, Accessibility Planning Resource Assistant at the Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden, Utah. Read more.

Earth Day April 22!

Earth Day

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