BHSU alum receives South Dakota’s premier woman’s award

Black Hills State University alum Susan DeLaney-Kary was awarded the 2016 Spirit of Dakota Award in Huron recently. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Spirit of Dakota Award, known as South Dakota’s premier woman’s award, given to a woman who has represented, amongst other criteria, educational advancement for others..

U.S. Forest Service

During National Forest Products Week, USDA Announces $7 Million to Expand Wood Products and Wood Energy Markets

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risks. These grants are available through the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Innovations Program.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces 2016 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production

Forest Service Updates Safety Policy for Saw Use

The U.S. Forest Service today finalized a policy that will provide for nationally consistent training, evaluation and certification requirements for the use of chain saws and crosscut saws on National Forest System lands. The new policy governs the use of saws by Forest Service and other governmental employees, volunteers, training consultants and cooperators on lands managed by the Forest Service.

New Public-Private Partnership to Help Reduce Wildfire Threat on Family-Owned Lands, Protect Water Supply for Millions of Westerners

Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a new partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), and a combined $5 million initial investment, to address catastrophic wildfire risk across 3.5 million acres of private land in order to protect water supplies for Western communities.

Forest Service Survey Finds Record 66 Million Dead Trees in Southern Sierra Nevada

The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it has identified an additional 26 million trees dead in California since October 2015. These trees are located in six counties across 760,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada region of the state, and are in addition to the 40 million trees that died statewide from 2010 to October 2015, bringing the total to at least 66 million dead trees. Four consecutive years of severe drought in California, a dramatic rise in bark beetle infestation and warmer temperatures are leading to historic levels of tree die-off.

Forest Service Makes it Easier for Visitors to Enjoy National Forests and Grasslands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced steps to make it easier for outfitters, guides, schools, non-profits and other partners to take groups out to enjoy outdoor activities on national forests and grasslands. By streamlining the approach to special-use permitting for national forests and grasslands, our natural resources will be even more accessible to Americans.

Forest Service Chief Invites Families to Participate in National Get Outdoors Day

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell invites children and families to experience the many benefits of nature by participating in the ninth annual National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 11. The event, also known as 'GO Day,' inspires national and local organizations to come together to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of outdoor recreation.