Update; new jobs have been added.
The Stanislaus National Forest will be filling a number of temporary summer positions in 2014.
A wide variety of jobs are available in archaeology, botany, business administration, recreation, timber, wildlife and wildland firefighting.
Please open and read the attached notice for application information and the type of jobs offered this coming season.
Not all temporary job announcements are open at this time. The forest will continue to send out updates when announcement vacancies are open and posted to USAJobs.gov.
Check the website for updates on vacancy openings.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants must access the vacancy announcements through USAJobs – www.usajobs.gov
It is recommended that you apply as soon as the temporary announcements are open to be considered for any of these positions, as hiring will take place in March of 2014.
Applicants must establish an account and create or upload a resume in the site in order to apply. For assistance in navigating the USAJobs site open the attached power point PDF file or access https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page. Once you have established your account and resume, that data will be used in all future applications without the need to reenter.
If you have any questions on the application process, contact me by phone or email.
Forest Civil Rights Officer
Stanislaus National Forest
19777 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone (209) 532-3671, ext. 425
Cell (209) 770-0998 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (209) 770-0998 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax (209) 533-1890 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (209) 533-1890 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus
The Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series Presents…
Session #21: Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Wednesday, February 12, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Eastern Time
The Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and has helped catalyze larger restoration efforts surrounding National Forests. The first speaker will give an overview of the CFLR program, and two CFLR case studies will be shared from different regions of the US.
Webinar registration is open to all and attendance is free. Please contact Sara Comas (email@example.com) with comments, special accommodations, or to be added to the mailing list.
Scheduled speakers to include:
- Lauren Marshall: USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Coordinator
- Reese Lolley: The Nature Conservancy – Eastern Washington
- Dick Fleishman: USFS Four Forests Restoration Initiative
Please register in advance for this and future webinars.
Visit our website for more information or to view past presentations.
**Society of American Foresters (SAF) Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits and American Planning Association (APA/AICP) Certification Maintenance (CM) credits are available for this webinar.
This series is sponsored by the National Open Space Conservation Group of the USDA Forest Service and Clemson University.
Susan Stein and Sara Comas (US Forest Service)
Susan Guynn (Clemson University)
Sara J. Comas
Natural Resource Specialist
US Forest Service
State & Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry
See this document for updated information on FS openings
Eldorado National Forest
TEMPORARY FIRE JOBS
Duty Locations—Pioneer, Georgetown, Pollock Pines, Camino, Grizzly Flat,
Contact Mark Johnson for more information—209-295-5970
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Amador-El Dorado Unit
CONTACT: Teri Mizuhara, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 530.708.2724 RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2013
Bark Beetles and Drought
By: Donald R. Owen, CAL FIRE Forest Entomologist
Camino – According to the California Department of Water Recourses, 2013 proved to be California’s driest year on record, as well as the second consecutive year of below normal precipitation for the State. Winter and spring precipitation is important because it provides soil moisture that helps trees make it through California’s dry summer months. Without adequate precipitation, trees do not have enough water for normal growth and may be severely drought stressed by the end of the summer. If drought lasts more than one year, tree defenses begin to weaken and pests gain an upper hand. For pines, true firs and some other conifers, bark beetles are the pest that typically kills drought-stressed trees. As bark beetle numbers increase, tree mortality increases. By the end of 2013 there was clear evidence that bark beetle numbers were increasing.
There typically is a 1-2 year lag between when drought starts and when we start seeing increased bark beetle activity. While beetle activity started to increase in 2013, aerial surveys still recorded a fairly normal amount of tree mortality. There was significant mortality in certain areas, but overall mortality was not high. In contrast, tree mortality in 2014 is likely to be much higher. When the drought does end, there too will be a lag time before beetle activity dies down.
An effective management response to drought depends upon a number of factors. Each tree species responds differently and will be threatened by its own unique guild of pests. Additionally, site conditions and surrounding environment will influence this interaction. If possible, get advice from a local Registered Professional Forester or Certified Arborist or call CAL FIRE at 530.644.2345 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 530.644.2345 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting if you live in El Dorado County or 209.267.5215 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 209.267.5215 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting if you live in Amador County or 530.573.2321 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 530.573.2321 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting if you live in the Lake Tahoe Basin or Alpine County to speak to an area forester.
What are some of the actions that can be taken to mitigate the impacts of drought? A common recommendation that is often heard during periods of drought is to cut down and remove beetle-killed trees before the beetles have the chance to fly to adjacent live trees and kill them. This is a good recommendation in theory, but one that typically fails in practice. With few exceptions, the reason for failure is because it is very difficult to identify and remove beetle-infested trees before the beetles fly. By the time the foliage of a dying tree begins to fade (change color), beetles already have begun to leave the tree or may be mostly gone. By the time a conifer’s foliage turns “red,” the bark beetles are gone. Prompt removal of dead trees is still a good practice to reduce hazard or to capture the value of the tree’s wood before it deteriorates.
For individual, high value trees, supplemental watering and application of pesticide sprays (registered for use on pines) to prevent bark beetle attack are viable options and have been met with limited success. But for trees in forest stands and plantations, these treatments are not practical. Reducing competition among trees through stocking control (thinning) is the best way to protect a stand of trees from the effects of drought. There is, however, an important caveat to this recommendation – thinning is best done during non-drought years. This allows the trees to adjust to and take advantage of the added space before drought stress hits. Thinning during drought can actually create additional stress on residual trees. It may also create conditions that allow the buildup of bark beetle populations in the thinned area, potentially exposing residual trees to beetle attack. If you must thin during drought, it is best to do it in the late summer and fall.
There are publications available on-line that may help. The Tree Note series of publications from CAL FIRE provides information on bark beetles, other forest pests, and how to identify dead and dying trees. The publications can be accessed at the web address: http://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_pestmanagement.php.
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Teri Mizuhara, Unit Public Information Officer