CWSF Newsletter | December 2021
Organizational Highlights
Happy Holidays!
The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) and Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) staff wishes you a happy holiday season.
The CWSF office will be closed from December 24 to December 31. We look forward to working with you in 2022!
Meet a Forester
Jamie Barnes

This month, we are pleased to feature Jamie Barnes, Director and State Forester of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Policy Update
After months of negotiations and failed voting deadlines, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Biden on November 15. The Build Back Better Act, also referred to as the reconciliation bill, passed the House four days later. A previous Continuing Resolution (CR) extended fiscal year 2021 funding levels through December 3 and another CR was subsequently passed extending funding through February 18. 
News and Notes from Our Members and Partners
Member Transitions

Matthew McCombs is the State Forester for the Colorado State Forest Service effective January 3, 2022

Cal Mukumoto is the State Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry. 
River Thomas is the State Forester for the Republic of Palau, Bureau of Environment - Division of Forest, Land, and Water Management.
Job Opportunities
Looking for a job opportunity in forestry? Find your next position in western forestry on the CWSF job blog.

If you would like to submit a job posting, please email Halie Miyazawa.
Meetings Calendar
See the calendar of meetings and events hosted by CWSF/WFLC and partner organizations.
2022 Smokey Bear Awards
The National Association of State Foresters, USDA Forest Service, and Ad Council are accepting nominations for the 2022 Smokey Bear Awards. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 15, 2021.

Questions, comments, feedback? Please contact us!