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Op-Ed: Thank you, communities, partners and volunteers, for all your support during government shutdown

Leadership Corner - Glenn Casamassa



The five-week government shutdown was a trying time for Forest Service employees and their families. Our partners, volunteers, permittees, and contractors were also impacted, as well as many businesses and communities closely tied to national forests and the work we do.

On behalf of the Forest Service employees across the Pacific Northwest, I want to thank everyone who stepped up to help and support our employees and the national forests during this challenging time.

We are grateful and touched by this outpouring of support. Citizens and businesses offered assistance to help employees make ends meet and care for their families.

State and local agencies chipped in to help protect and maintain recreation sites.

Dedicated volunteers came out in droves and partners carried on our shared conservation work.

Times like this underscore the importance of shared stewardship. Our shared commitment to public lands – and each other – drives everything we do.

Today, we are more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.

The opportunities and challenges we face transcend boundaries and impact people beyond the jurisdiction of any single agency or organization.

That’s why we are committed to working across boundaries in shared stewardship with states, partners, and local communities to support each other and accomplish shared objectives.

We’re glad to be back at work doing what we love – caring for the land and serving people.

We are currently assessing the shutdown’s impacts and determining how best to adjust to ensure we continue to deliver the services the public expects.

We will engage our partners and local communities in these conversations as we adapt and move forward together.

Service is one of our bedrock values.

We are heartened and humbled to know that when the need arises, our communities, partners, and the public we serve are here for us, too.

We thank you wholeheartedly for your support and look forward to continuing our work together in shared stewardship.


Glenn Casamassa,
Pacific Northwest Regional Forester
 


Source Information: Glenn Casamassa is the Regional Forest for the USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region, supervising operations and staff on all national forests and grassland in Oregon and Washington State. For more information about the agency’s Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6), visit: www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

In the News: Oregon’s Freres Lumber grows mass timber market

Mass timber is a term for a new class of ultra-strong construction materials produced by cross-grained layers of wood. Freres Lumber Company in Oregon is producing a type of mass timber engineered panel from sheets of wood veneer that is strong enough to be used for framing multi-story construction. Image: Screen capture from video posted by the North American Forests Partnership at www.forestproud.org: https://forestproud.org/2018/04/06/mass-timber-kyle-freres-freres-lumber-co/

The website North American Forest Partnership (NAFP)’s website shares stories from its members, a diverse coalition of forest industry professionals, organizations, and government agencies (including the USDA Forest Service) that focus on relevant, responsible, and innovative efforts for forest management, conservation and sustainable harvesting.

This month, the site features a video on the Freres Lumber Company, which is expanding the marketplace for a new wood product called mass timber, which they are doing with some help from a $250,000 “Wood Innovation” grant, awarded in 2017.

The USDA Forest Service’s Wood Innovation grants are awarded annually invest in research and economic development that expands the wood products and wood energy markets.

From the website:

For more than 90 years, the Freres family has been a steward of Oregon’s forests. With responsibility for more than 17,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest, the family-owned Freres Lumber Company has long been a pioneer in sustainable forest management and manufacturing.

Today, Kyle and his family continue that tradition, blending technology and sustainability to create the building materials of the future: Mass Timber. The same sustainable and renewable wood engineered to replace steel and concrete on a scale not previously possible. #forestproud.

View the video on the #forestproud website, or below:



Source information: Shared by the North American Forest Partnership: https://forestproud.org/2018/04/06/mass-timber-kyle-freres-freres-lumber-co/.

Job announcements for Summer 2019 season open for applications Sept. 17

Flyer features USDA logo, Forest Service logo, a close up image of a Forest Service arm path on a uniform somewhere outdoors, and text: "The USDA Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal spring and summer 2019 jobs in Oregon and Washington. Position announcements will be available from Sept. 17-Oct. 12, 2018 in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services, and archaeology at www.USAJobs.gov. Seasonal employment is a great way to give back to communities, learn new skills, and perform meaningful work. Individuals interested in finding more information about a specific position should contact the National Forest where the position is hosted. The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs.."

PORTLAND, Ore. — Aug. 29, 2018 — Are you a teacher, student, retiree, winter ski-instructor, or anyone else who may be looking for opportunities to work in the great outdoors this summer?

More than 1,000 seasonal jobs, in positions ranging from archaeology to trails maintenance to biological sciences to wildland firefighting will be offered on National Forests in the Pacific Northwest for summer 2019 – but if you want these jobs, you’ll need to plan ahead.

This year, summer job applications must be submitted online at USAJobs.gov during the summer jobs application window, which runs from mid-September through mid-Octomber, 2019.

This seasonal application window is earlier than in previous years, to ensure the agency is able to complete background checks and other pre-employment requirements before the prospective employee’s anticipated start date.

Seasonal Forest Service employees help provide clean water, wildlife habitat, sustainable forest products, wildfire support, and recreation opportunities on 17 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, two National Volcanic Monuments, and one National Grassland in Washington and Oregon, each summer.

Potential applicants are encouraged to access the USAJobs website early to allow time to create their profile, upload their resume, and update their user accounts before the application period opens.

Summer, 2019 vacancies will be posted Sept. 17 through Oct. 12, 2018.

For more information about summer job opportunities with the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, visit fs.usda.gov/goto/pnwjobs.

Download the press release:

English (PDF):  Join the Forest Service! Agency Hiring for 1,000+ Seasonal Positions in Oregon and Washington

Español (PDF): ¡Únase al Servicio Forestal! La agencia está contratando personas para cubrir más de 1,000 puestos temporales en Oregon y Washington

A collage of USDA Forest Service employees in the field, representing positions related to forest restoration, wildland firefighting, recreation, engineering and fish biology.

USDA Forest Service employees in the field, representing positions related to forest restoration, wildland firefighting, recreation, engineering and fish biology.


Source information: USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region

 

Willamette NF hosts public potluck honoring CCC Co. 2907 Aug. 15

Black and white photo of a forester wearing a 1933 forest ranger uniform and hat,, standing on a felled log, with a crew of young men sitting and standing beside him.

SWEET HOME, Ore. – Aug. 6, 2018 – The Willamette National Forest is hosting a public potluck picnic in celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2907 (CCC).  The event will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at historic Longbow Organization Camp.

“We look forward each year to hosting original members of the CCC Company 2907 and their families at this annual picnic which highlights their valuable contributions including the construction of Longbow Organizational Camp in the 1930’s,” Nikki Swanson, District Ranger for the Sweet Home Ranger District., said. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos, news clippings, and other memorabilia from the CCC years to share during the event.

Longbow Organization Camp is located 23 miles east of Sweet Home via Highway 20, turn onto the Gordon Road (2032) after milepost 46 and continue for almost two miles.  Those in need of transportation to and from Longbow should call ahead to reserve a seat with the Sweet Home Ranger Station, located at 4431 Highway 20 in Sweet Home, the shuttle will leave at 9:30 am.

Company 2907, formerly Company 1314, was organized in 1933. The members moved to Camp Cascadia, located along the South Santiam River east of Sweet Home, in 1934. While working in the Willamette National Forest, Company 2907 built 35 miles of forest roads and 80 miles of trails; installed 17 miles of telephone lines; built 6 fire lookouts and 8 bridges; landscaped 4 acres of grounds near the Cascadia Ranger Station; constructed 2 large dwellings, an office building and a gas and oil station; and constructed House Rock, Fernview, and Trout Creek Campgrounds. The men also spent over 7,000 days fighting wildfires. Many of the Company’s members stayed in Oregon, and have since become important figures in local communities.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a flag colorguard opening the ceremony, and a potluck-style lunch at 12:30 p.m.  Attendees should bring a potluck dish (last names beginning with A-H, bring a hot dish; I-P a salad; and Q-Z a dessert. Plates, utensils, napkins and beverages will be provided.

For more information and to make transportation reservations, please contact the Sweet Home Ranger District at (541) 367-5168 or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/willamette/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD589911.


Source information: Willamette National Forest public affairs staff.

50,000 acres of forest restoration work approved on Okanogan-Wenatchee NF

A stand of ponderosa pine with limited brush and healthy tree spacing

TWISP, Wash.  —May 19, 2018 — Beginning as soon as this fall, work will begin to restore forest health in Washington State’s Methow Valley, as part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest‘s Mission Restoration Project.

The 50,000 acre project includes mechanical forest thinning, prescribed fire, and other restoration work in the Libby Creek and Buttermilk drainages, located between Carlton and Twisp, Wash.

“This decision is a win for wildlife, water quality, reducing fire risk, the local economy, and so much more,” Paul Nash, Timber Management Assistant for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State, said. “In strong partnership with the local community and forest stakeholders, we are proactively restoring the Libby Creek and Buttermilk landscape.”

Final decision highlights:

  • Over the next 15 years, good fire will be returned to the landscape, reducing hazardous fuels on approximately 10,200 acres (with no more than 2,000 acres burned per year).
  • Long-term water quality and aquatic habitat would be improved throughout the watershed with the replacement of eight undersized culverts.
  • Commercial thinning would help restore dense, overcrowded forests on 1,853 acres while non-commercial thinning is planned on just over 8,300 acres.
  • Elevated risk of crown fires, which spread rapidly and do more damage to mature trees than ground-level fires, would be reduced across the project area – including areas where private or state lands meet federal lands.
  • The project is projected to generate more than $3.2 million dollars in timber value at the mill and support more than 172 jobs.
  • More than 66 miles of roads would remain open to provide for sustainable and safe forest recreation access.
  • Firewood cutting opportunities would exist wherever feasible, after commercial and non-commercial thinning operations have been completed.
  • More than 460 sites are planned for soil restoration to increase watershed function.

“We reviewed feedback and concerns from more than 900 comments over the past two and a half years to reach this decision,” Nash said. “Thank you to everyone who lent their voice to the important work of forest restoration.”

The project record and decision notice are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49201.

The first commercial thinning sale from the project will be a stewardship sale whereby proceeds from the sale will be utilized to fund additional restoration work including aspen regeneration and wetland habitat enhancement.


Source information: Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest public affairs staff

Fire Hiring: Forest Service taking applications Aug. 1 – Oct. 15

Firefighters walk a forested ridge, silhouetted by sunlight behind them.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Aug. 1, 2018 – The USDA Forest Service is looking for committed, hardworking individuals interested in permanent federal positions working to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 19 National Forests in the Pacific Northwest region (Oregon and Washington State).

The fire and aviation program is very rewarding and requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions, including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prevention.

This hiring event includes vacancies in the majority of our permanent fire management positions, at the GS-3 through GS-9 grade level.

Apply on www.USAJobs.gov between August 1 – October 15, 2018.

For more information: Visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/fire/hiring/ and https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/jobs/events/hiring

Firefighters walk a forested ridge, silhouetted by sunlight behind them. Text reads:

Fire Hire: Apply August 1 to October 15, 2018 at https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/fire/hiring. USDA Forest Service image.

The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Source information: USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region staff

Applications accepted for Digit Point Campground hosts through May 5

Topographical maps depicting area around Miller Lake and adjacent Mount Thielsen Wilderness n the Fremont-Winema National Forest, outside Chemult, Ore.

CHEMULT, Ore.April 27, 2018 – The Fremont-Winema National Forest is looking for energetic, friendly, customer-service oriented people to serve as volunteer campground hosts at Digit Point Campground during the 2018 season. Applications are being accepted through May 5, for hosting to begin by June 10, 2018.

The 64-unit Digit Point Campground is located approximately 12 miles west of Chemult, Ore., adjacent to Miller Lake. The lake has a boat ramp, day use area, and is stocked annually with rainbow trout. Kokanee salmon, brown, and brook trout are also found here.

Campground hosts provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public.  Hosts are expected to provide information about the campground and local recreation opportunities to campground visitors.  They must work well with people, be personable, neat in appearance and physically able to perform the following tasks:

  • Clean and stock restrooms
  • Clean fire rings, picnic tables and pick up litter
  • Mow and weed-eat campsites and along roadways
  • Request fee compliance

Hosts are needed from mid-June through mid-September, with a weekly schedule of Thursday through Monday, including holidays.

Volunteers must provide their own self-contained trailer.  The Forest Service will provide a campsite, water, propane, gas and a subsistence allowance.

To apply, contact Heidi Anderson at (541) 891-3559.

For more information about the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema or follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF.

Press release: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/fremont-winema/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD576719

Umpqua NF accepting applications for wildland firefighters

A firefighter, viewed from behind, approaching a line of brush fire on a woodland hillside

ROSEBURG, Ore. — April 4, 2018 — The Umpqua National Forest is accepting applications for temporary positions in summer wildland firefighting. Opportunities are available in civil service GS (General Schedule) series 0462, grades 3, 4, and 5.

All positions are listed on www.usajobs.com.

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GS-03, Forestry Aid (Fire Suppression)
Announcement #: 18-TEMPF-R6-FAFS-S3DT-AM
Open: April 3-12, 2018
Locations: Glide, Idleyld Park, Tiller (two duty locations on other forests are also listed under this announcement)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494872500

GS-04, Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression)
Announcement #: 18-TEMPF-R6-FTFS-S4DT-AM
Open: April 3-9, 2018
Locations: Cottage Grove, Glide, Idleyld Park, Tiller
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494933900

GS-05, Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression)
Announcement #: 18-TEMPF-R6-FTFS-S5DT-AM
Open: April 3-9, 2018
Locations: Idleyld Park, Tiller (two duty locations on other forests are also listed under this announcement)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494394100

Updated April 6: Seasonal, youth employment opportunities on NW national forests

A young adult man and a young adult woman wearing gloves and hardhats roll a large cut log segment from a trail

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 6, 2018 —Are you looking to spend your summer outdoors, and get paid doing it? The USDA Forest Service and its youth employment partner, the Northwest Youth Corps, are currently accepting applications for a number of temporary, seasonal, internship, and Americorps youth employment grant-funded positions in the Pacific Northwest.

Youth Conservation Corps: Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest & Crooked River National Grasslands

Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps is accepting applications through May 1 from youth ages 15 to 18 for nearly 100 summer jobs on the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest, and Crooked River National Grasslands.

A young man wearing gloves, safety glasses, and a hard hat aligns wire fencing between two wooden posts.

A Youth Conservation Corps crew member hangs wire fencing on Willamette National Forest July 30, 2012. USDA Forest Service photo.

The competitive summer program pays $10.75 an hour. Participants work 36 hours a week to conduct hands-on projects in Central Oregon’s beautiful forests and high deserts, including trail building, maintaining fences, piling hazardous fuels, restoring campgrounds, and improving wildlife habitat on National Forest System lands in Central Oregon.

The program runs from June 25th through Aug. 16th. Participants work 9 hours a day Monday through Thursday.

Crews meet daily in Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, La Pine, Crescent, Madras, and Warm Springs.

“This program is a really good way to get a foot in the door with all kinds of jobs that I didn’t even know existed,” said Kevin Perez, who now works for Wildland Fire and is a two-time graduate of Heart of Oregon’s COYCC summer program.

Applications must be received by May 1st and are available online at www.heartoforegon.org.

For more information, contact Summer Program Coordinator Yancy Wilkenfeldt at (541) 633-7834 or Forest Service YCC Coordinator Paul Smith at (541) 416-6431.

Seasonal employment: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

The Forest Service is accepting applications for several spring and summer seasonal positons on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest April 3-9, 2018.

Positions are available in a variety of fields, including natural resources, timber, fire and dispatch support, recreation, and visitor services. Duty locations include ranger districts in Cle Elum, Naches, Winthop and Tonasket, WA and forest service offices in East Wenatchee, WA and Moses Lake, WA.

Five employees wearing Forest Service uniforms pose inside a

A group of Forest Service employees step into a seasonally-appropriate frame to celebrate “Bat Week” during a youth education event at the Oregon Park Zoo Oct. 28, 2017 in Portland, OR. USDA Forest Service photo.

Applications must be submitted on www.USAJOBS.gov. If you have questions or need more information about a specific position,  contact the ranger district or office where the position is hosted:

  • Cle Elum Ranger District
    (509) 852-1101
  • Methow Valley Ranger District
    (509) 996-4003
  • Tonasket Ranger District
    (509) 486-2186
  • Naches Ranger District
    (509) 653-1401
  • East Wenatchee Dispatch Office
    (509) 884-3473
  • Moses Lake Tanker Base
    (509) 664-9346

More information about temporary employment in the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs.

Youth Conservation Corps: Umatilla National Forest

The Heppner Ranger District is recruiting four students ages of 15-18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).

A uniformed Forest Service employee stands in the foreground on a paved lot. He appears to be speaking to the group. Three youth crew members are visible behind him.

A Youth Conservation Corps crew, led by a Forest Service employee, prepare to conduct a clean up and maintenance at Gold Creek Pond on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest August 17, 2016. USDA Forest Service photo.

Work may include noxious weed removal, fence removal and construction, trail maintenance, meadow restoration, campground maintenance, slash piling, removal of tubing from tree seedlings, and fireline construction around logged units on the Heppner Ranger District.

Employment period is eight weeks, beginning June 18, 2018. Youth are paid the Oregon minimum wage of $10.25 per hour.  No previous experience is required.

Applications are available through the Forest Service office in Heppner, Ore. and at local high schools, and will be accepted through 2 p.m. on April 16, 2018. The positions will be filled via a random drawing later that day.

For more information, contact the Heppner Ranger District at (541) 676-9187. For more information about the Umatilla National Forest please visit www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.

Northwest Youth Corps: Youth Program (all Pacific NW Forests)

Applications are now being accepted for daily and overnight Northwest Youth Corps summer program opportunities on national forests across the Pacific Northwest.

These opportunities area open to students ages 15-18. Many opportunities include daily or weekly transportation to the job or camp site from a nearby town, a chance to earn career certifications and school credit, and an educational stipend after successful completion of a 6-week summer program.

For more information, visit: http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/.

Northwest Youth Corps: Young Adult Program (Mt. Hood National Forest)

Northwest Service Corps youth stewardship jobs training opportunities are open to young adults age 19-24. The program is currently accepting applications for a Mount Hood National Forest -based youth crew, May 7– Oct. 5, 2018.

Participants will help meet the Northwest’s highest priority conservation needs – including wildfire reduction, non-native weed eradication, trail building, maintenance, while earning professional certifications needed to become part of the next generation of stewardship leaders.

Crewmembers receive an AmeriCorps living allowance and an education award at the end of their assignment to continue their education or training.

For more information about program eligibility and application guidelines, visit: http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/ourprograms/nsc.

Northwest Youth Corps: Conservation Internships (region-wide)

The Northwest Service Corps is also seeking students ages 20-24 who are passionate about natural resources work for 3-10 month spring/summer internships in various conservation and science disciplines with federal agencies throughout the northwest.

Interns perform important field work in exchange for a living allowance and education award towards their continued studies.

Current opportunities include internships in North Bend, Ore. and surrounding counties for the Bureau of Land Management, and in the Willamette Valley for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

More information at : http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/ourprograms/ConservationInterns.

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The opportunities listed above are current as of April 2, April 6, 2018.

  • Find updated information or apply for Forest Service temporary and full-time career positions at  www.USAJOBS.gov.
  • Current information about Northwest Youth Corps opportunities at www.nwyouthcorps.org.
  • For more information about temporary and seasonal positions in the Pacific Northwest, including wildland firefighting and scholarship opportunities, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs.
  • Students and young adults can find more information about opportunities available through the Pathways federal developmental hiring program, 21st Century Service Corps, Youth Conservation Corps, Job Corps and Resource Assistants programs at https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/opportunities-for-young-people.

A male firefighter wearing a protective yellow Nomex shirt and red helmet is in focus in the foreground, while a similiarly attired female firefighter carrying a radio stands beyond him in the background. Both are surrounded by gear mounted to wildland firefighting trucks.

Firefighters patrol during the Milli Fire August 22, 2017 in Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, OR. USDA Forest Service photo by Andrew R. Mitchell.