CWSF Newsletter | October 2022

Organizational Highlights

CWSF Welcomes New Competitive Grants Manager

The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) recently welcomed a new staff member, John Smith. John joined CWSF and WFLC on October 4 and serves as a Competitive Grants Manager. 

Meet John!

Register Now! 2022 CWSF/WFLC Fall Meeting

The 2022 CWSF and WFLC Fall Meeting will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Tuesday, November 15 at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Register here to join us in Santa Fe!

Register on or before October 28 to avoid the extra cost of late registration. Visit the CWSF website or the WFLC website for more information.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Patricia Payne.

Competitive Grants Timeline Update

The fiscal year (FY) 2022 Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) program is now closed and applications are being reviewed. For more information, visit the CWSF CWDG webpage or the USDA Forest Service CWDG webpage

If you have any CWDG questions, please contact Halie Miyazawa.

The FY 2023 Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Competitive Grant Program is now open. The portal will close on November 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). Visit the WFLC LSR webpage for more information.

The FY 2023 Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant Program opened for applications on October 5, 2022, and will close on January 17, 2023. Additional information can be found on the CWSF WUI webpage

If you have any LSR or WUI questions, please contact John Smith.

Spotlight on Arizona

Expanding the reach of the Arizona Magnificent Tree Program through interns and volunteers.

Read the Arizona Spotlight!

Photo: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Policy Update

The firewood banks provision of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is aimed at providing grants that will help increase the distribution of wood to those households that need it as a cost-effective heating source in winter. The application period is now open through a USDA Forest Service partnership with the Alliance for Green Heat. The FY 2023 appropriations bills are still in the works after a continuing resolution passed at the end of September. 

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Meet a Forester

Michiko Martin

This month, we are pleased to feature Michiko Martin, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region.

We invite you to meet Michiko

News and Notes from Our Members and Partners

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 Patricia Payne

Meetings Calendar

See the calendar of meetings and events hosted by CWSF/WFLC and partner organizations.

Reminder - 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

The National Association of State Foresters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Protection Association, and USDA Forest Service are accepting nominations for 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. 

Details, including the award selection criteria and a link to an online nomination form, are available at Nominations are due November 11, 2022.

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