US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
MAY 18, 2009
Page- Research Soil Scientist Deborah Page-Dumroese, Moscow, was invited to speak at
the Montana Bioenergy Workshop, held May 10-11 in Missoula, Montana to determine the
Dumroese best ways to encourage development of bioenergy. More than 100 public policy,
Invited to environmental, research, industry, and rural development representatives attended. Deborah
participated on a Forest Biomass panel and gave a talk titled “Soil Impacts and BMP’s for
Speak at Intensive Biomass Harvests.”
Bioenergy The event was co-sponsored by the Western Governor’s Association, Governor’s
Office of Economic Development, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana
Workshop Department of Environmental Quality, and Montana Department of Natural Resources and
Research Ecologist and National
RMRS Grassland Council member Paulette Ford
Represented at (photo), Albuquerque, along with Biological
Science Technician Tom Juntii and Supervisory
National Ecologist Jack Butler from Rapid City,
Grasslands represented RMRS at the National Grasslands
Managers meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota,
Meeting May 11-14. Attending from the WO were
Director of Rangeland Management Janette
Kaiser and Deputy Director Ralph Giffen,
former RMRS employee Dan Uresk, WO detached, and Deputy Director of the Watershed,
Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants program Steve Segovia.
The meeting was hosted by the Buffalo Gap National Grassland and the Nebraska
National Forests and Grasslands, and themed “Envision the Visitor’s Experience… Through
Partnerships.” Highlights of the trip included a visit to the National Grasslands Visitor
Center in Wall, South Dakota, and a tour of the Badlands National Park. Next year’s
meeting will be held at the Black Kettle National Grassland in Oklahoma.
Station Science Several RMRS employees presented at the recent 10th Wildland Fire Safety Summit,
held in Phoenix, Arizona. The event, organized by the International Association of Wildland
Presented at Fire (IAWF) and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Safety & Health
Wildland Fire Working Team, focused on the effects of organizational culture, leadership, psychology, and
human physiology on public and firefighter safety.
Safety Summit RMRS Human Factors and Risk Management RD&A staff and collaborators
contributed the following talks: “Evaluating Safe Performance,” by Program Manager
James Saveland, Fort Collins; “High Reliability Organizing in the Wildland Fire
Community,” by Social Scientist Anne Black, Missoula; and “To What Extent Does the
Federal Wildland Fire Community Function as a Learning Organization?” by Wilderness
Specialist Vita Wright, Missoula. Research Mechanical Engineer Bret Butler, Missoula,
presented “Common Factors Associated with the Formation of Large Fire Whirls,” and
“Recent Research Findings Relative to Safety Zone Size and Location in Complex Terrain.”
Summit participants included fire managers and researchers from Australia, Canada, Greece,
and the United States.
Field Guide for Identifying Fuel Loading Models, General Technical Report
Hot Off the RMRS-GTR-225, by Pamela G. Sikkink, Duncan C. Lutes, and Robert E. Keane.
Press This report details a procedure for identifying fuel loading models (FLMs) in the
field. FLMs are a new classification system for predicting fire effects from on-site fuels.
Each FLM class represents fuel beds that have similar fuel loadings and produce similar
emissions and soil surface heating when burned using computer simulations. The authors
describe how to estimate fuel load in the field, match the load estimates to an appropriate
FLM, and use the FLMs to predict the smoke or soil heating that could result from burning
those loads. The FLM names can also be used as fuel descriptors in other applications,
including inputs into fire models for predicting fire effects, data layers for mapping fuel
conditions, and supplements to vegetation data for more complete environmental
descriptions to use in restoration or wildlife habitat planning. Copies are available from
RMRS Publications Distribution (970498-1392) or on the RMRS web at
Last fall, Research Ecologist/Geneticist Michael Schwartz, Missoula, and Forestry
Technician Vilius Zukauskas, Gunnison, Colorado, submitted photos for consideration in
the 2008 Kids in the Woods Photo Contest. One of the three photos Michael entered,
“Investigating Invertebrates,” (left photo) won honorable mention in the “Caring” category,
and one of the four photos Vilius submitted, “Girl on a Mountain Top,” (right photo) won
honorable mention in the “Nature – Loving It” category. Over 750 photos were submitted
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting start-up proposals to support
JFSP Soliciting regional consortia of fire science providers and managers to enhance fire science delivery
Proposals and adoption. The JFSP hopes to develop a national network of regional consortia, each
operating as a willing and formal association working together to enhance fire science
delivery and adoption within a specified geographic region. The intent of the current
solicitation is to support initial planning and an assessment of management needs for
selected consortia. For consortia funded under this solicitation, the desired outcome is a full
proposal for a two-year operating period.
Proposals submitted in response to the current solicitation must include information
regarding a statement of need, geographic region, consortium partners, end-user
communities, existing science delivery partnerships, end-user interactions, intended focus,
program effectiveness, and budget. Proposals should also describe how end-user
communities will be engaged to determine their information needs and priorities.
For more information, contact John Cissel, Program Manager Analyst, Joint Fire
Science Program, 208-387-5349, John_Cissel@nifc.blm.gov. Deadline is July 10, 2009.
If you suffer an injury on the job, notify your supervisor or local safety contact
If You Get Hurt immediately. If you need emergency medical attention, first, of course, call 911 or have
on the Job… someone call for you. If medical care is needed, the injured employee, supervisor, or other
responsible party should call the Albuquerque Service Center (ASC) at 877-372-7248, press
“2” for HCM, then press “5” for Workers Compensation (WC). Advise the Contact Center
representative this is a request for authorizing medical treatment and you need to speak with
someone in WC. If you are injured after hours or on the weekend, call the ASC-Workers
Compensation cell number at 505-280-7691. Enter these numbers into your cell phone so
you have them available in an emergency!
Following a near miss, injury or motor vehicle accident (MVA), you will need to
access the FS Safety and Health Information Portal System (SHIPS) via ConnectHR
(https://connecthrauth.gdcii.com) to complete the necessary forms; this can be done from
any computer. Once in ConnectHR, click on “SHIPS Add Incident” to begin. In the event
you are unable to access the Internet, contact your supervisor and/or local safety contact for
help. Be sure to enter your supervisor’s email correctly when prompted, as SHIPS will
notify your supervisor electronically instructing them to access SHIPS (same as above) to
finalize the forms and begin the accident analysis. Upon completion, print, sign, and fax the
injury forms to ASC at 866-339-8583, and give MVA related forms (SF-91) to your local
fleet manager. After faxing injury or illness forms, submit hard copies to: USDA Forest
Service, Human Capital Management, Mail Stop 118-WC, 3900 Masthead St., NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Injury and near miss reporting does take some time, but you and your coworkers
ultimately reap the benefits. Besides allowing others to learn from incidents and providing
the Station with a well-rounded view of the real hazards you face, expediently reporting near
misses and injuries helps ensure that you receive the necessary medical treatment now and
provides documentation if something develops later. If you have questions, contact Acting
Station Safety and Occupational Health Manager Devon Donahue at 801-625-5541.
Thanks to all the RMRS employees who participated in the Earth Day Carbon Saver
Carbon Saver Contest. Over the 22 work days in April, you avoided putting 20,439 lbs or 9.3 tons of
carbon into the atmosphere. 1 This translates into about 1,043 gallons of gas saved. One
Contest Results hundred and ten employees from over half of our labs participated in the contest—what a
fantastic turnout! If you have any questions about the results please contact Jennifer Hayes
Labs with most participation overall:
1) Ogden Service Center—75% of employees participated
2) ALWRI—67% of employees participated
3) Moscow—61% of employees participated
Labs with the most points (average per person participating):
1) Ogden Forestry Sciences Lab—average 56 points per person
2) Moscow—average 52 points per person
3) ALWRI—average 44 points per person
Individuals with the most points (all earned 110 points):
1) James Donley–Moscow
2) Nick Crookston –Moscow
3) Jeff Kaiden—Missoula Forest Sciences Lab
Longest Bike Commute:
1) Nicolas Day (Ogden Service Center)—31 miles
Fun Facts about participants:
1) Average commute: 13 miles
2) Normal way of commuting:
E) Varies— 10%
Only counts employees who drive, carpool or varies; does not include bike, walk, bus or
telecommute. Assumes: 25mpg for vehicles; 19.6 lbs CO2 per gallon of gas
Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers in the
Don’t Fry Day United States. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate,
lung, and colon cancer combined.
The Friday before Memorial Day is designated as “Don’t Fry Day,” and 2009 as the
“Year of the Hat.” While millions of Americans will enjoy the great outdoors this holiday
weekend, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the
What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun:
► Do Not Burn: Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin
► Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds: Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and
the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun,
use a sunless self-tanning product instead.
► Cover Up: Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed
hat, and sunglasses when possible.
► Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas: Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10
a.m. and 4 p.m.
► Generously Apply Sunscreen: Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both
UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or
► Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand: Water, snow and sand reflect the
damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
► Check the UV Index: The UV Index provides important information to help you plan
your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the
National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area online
at: www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html. .
► Get Vitamin D Safely: Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin
supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D.
The Explorer is a weekly employee newsletter of the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Editor: Rick Fletcher, 970-498-1372, firstname.lastname@example.org.