The following letter was written by a group of more than 40 fire and forest scientists led by The University of New Mexico’s Matt Hurteau, a professor in the Department of Biology. It addresses concerns with a recent decision over new directives aimed at requiring Planning Level 2 and Regional Forester approval for prescribed burns. The blanket national policy is focused on reducing short-term risks but does not account for the fact that national forests and grasslands in the United States cover a large geographic area that experiences a wide variety of climatic conditions.Continue Reading
On 27 January 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. This Executive Order laid out a series of actions for Federal Agencies to take regarding climate change mitigation and resilience, including directing the Secretary of Agriculture to collect stakeholder input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. As part of this process, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking input from the public to ensure that relevant information is considered. USDA is interested in your comments in response to the topics, categories and questions shown in the Supplementary Information section of the notice.
The deadline to provide public input on USDA’s climate strategy is 29 April 2021.
Specifically, the USDA is requesting public comment on:
- Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Questions
- Biofuels, Wood and Other Bioproducts, and Renewable Energy Questions
- Addressing Catastrophic Wildfire Questions
- Environmental Justice and Disadvantaged Communities Questions
If you have expertise in one or more of these areas, please consider providing input.
How to provide input: The Notice of Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad can be found here: https://www.federalregister.
The Research Associate III will work in close coordination with Dr. Schultz and as part of the CSU Public Lands Policy Group and Climate Adaptation Partnership, and with Dr. Tony Cheng as part of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. This position will focus on applied policy analysis and partner engagement. We seek a person to organize policy workshops, conduct applied research, and develop policy proposals and analyses related to forest and fire management. Policy analyses will be based on literature reviews, workshops with partners, and interviews or surveys with managers to be shared through peer-reviewed publications, practitioner networks, and directly with policymakers. The incumbent will be tasked with taking a largely independent role in conducting these activities and assisting in the preparation of focus groups, workshops, white papers, and peer-reviewed publications through background research and literature review, partner engagement, and social science data collection, analysis, and reporting. Focal areas include aspects of federal fire management, with an emphasis on improving decision-making around prescribed fire, forest restoration investments, post-fire recovery, fire management in the Wildland-Urban Interface, and cross-boundary and partnership efforts associated with federal fire management. The RA III will take a senior role in the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and in the Public Lands Policy Group to guide policy outreach and communicate with other interested audiences. Depending on interest, the incumbent may take on small teaching and advising assignments or other activities, as the opportunities within our groups are rich and diverse. This is a one-year position with possibility of extension depending on funding availability.
Full information here. Apply by April 25.Continue Reading