Monthly Archives: September 2017

Skanner Foundation Scholarship applications due Oct. 31

Portland, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the Skanner Foundation’s Skanner Scholarship Program to provide $1,500 scholarships this year to two eligible, graduating high school senior and/or an eligible college students in the Portland/Vancouver/Seattle areas. Applicants should apply for the Skanner Scholarship by submitting the regular application and the supplemental USFS scholarship questionnaire. Applications are due by October 31. Scholarships will be awarded at the foundation’s 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast January 15, 2018.

More information, at the Skanner News website:

In the news: Researcher recognized for moss study

Portland, Ore. – GovLoop, a government news and information website, is sharing the stories of finalists for this year’s SAMMIES (Samuel J. Haven Service to America Medals), including the USDA Forest Service’s Sarah Jovan, who, with fellow researcher Geoffrey H. Donovan, is recognized for the Portland, Ore. “moss study.”

Initially intended to determine if moss could be used to estimate air pollution in cities, the $100,000 study revealed that moss can also serve as a beacon for pollution by cancer-causing heavy metals, providing detailed, neighborhood-level data that might have otherwise required $17 million worth of air monitoring equipment to collect.

The work led directly to remediation for cadmium and arsenic contamination outside two Portland, Ore. glass factories and to tighter controls across the industry, improving lives for many at risk of exposure to these contaminants.

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More info about the SAMMIES:,+.winner.y2017

In the News: Outdoor Explorers ‘Take it outside’

A screenshot from, featuring a Sept. 19, 2017 story about the USFS Outdoor Explorers program in Portland.

Portland, Ore. – The Portland Tribune has a story about the USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region’s “Outdoor Explorers” youth engagement program. The program supports the Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Urban Nature Partners PDX mentorship programs by facilitating all-inclusive monthly adventures focused on outdoors recreation and environmental education for youth and their mentors, at no cost to them.