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Hoagland Receives Diversity Award

Congratulations to FFS Wildlife Biologist and Tribal Liaison Serra Hoagland for receiving The Wildlife
Society’s (TWS) Diversity Award. Per TWS, “The Diversity Award recognizes an individual or organization
for outstanding efforts in promoting ethnic and gender diversity in the natural resource-related professions, especially wildlife conservation and education. The award recognizes and honors promotion of and support for diversity in the workforce, academic enrollment, or organizational membership. The Diversity Award recognizes

Modified: Dec 08, 2017

Landmark Wilderness Fire Strategy Celebrates 45 Years

In 1970, Forester Dave Aldrich and Fire Researcher Bob Mutch, working with Bitterroot National Forest supervisor Orville Daniels, initiated work on a revolutionary fire management plan for the White Cap drainage of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Based on their field work, the team recommended and, on August 17, 1972, Chief John McGuire approved, a plan to allow fires to burn without interference in the prescribed  management area.

Modified: Oct 26, 2017

AISES Celebrates 40 Years

When the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) was founded 40 years ago by American Indian scientists, their intent, passion and commitment was clear…substantially increase representation
of indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.

Over 25,000 individuals have been benefited as members of AISES. Today, AISES celebrates 4,000 individuals
strong, with 189 college chapters, 15 professional chapters and 158 affiliated schools that enroll more than 55,000 K-12 Native students.

Modified: Oct 26, 2017

Missoula County Commissioners Visit Fire Lab

On August 30, the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in Montana hosted Missoula County Commissioners Jean Curtiss, Dave Strohmaier, and Nicole Rowley, and County Chief Planning Officer Pat O’Herren. The County Commissioners were interested in learning more about the Fire Lab’s role in the community, and also about the benefits of prescribed fire in light of this year’s significant fire season in Missoula County and throughout the Northern Rockies. FFS Program Manager Colin Hardy talked about the history of the Fire Lab and the diversity of staff and duties within the FFS program.

Modified: Oct 03, 2017

Fire Lab at Western Montana Fair

Several employees of the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, led by FFS Research Ecologist Sharon Hood, assisted the Lolo National Forest and the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation in managing an informational booth at the Western Montana State Fair in Missoula, Montana the week of August 8. The purpose of the booth was to promote community awareness about two main parts of the National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy – resilient landscapes and fire-adapted communities.

Modified: Oct 03, 2017

Hollingsworth works on Lolo Peak Fire 2017

La WenHollingsworth, Spatial Fire Analyst, highlighted with her work on the Lolo Peak.

Fire Science on the Lolo Peak Fire: A look at how the team managing the Lolo Peak Fire in Montana, uses a group of fire and weather scientists, to predict short and long term fire behavior. LaWen Hollingsworth speaks on long term fire behavior.

Modified: Dec 06, 2017

Finney Interviewed on Bullet Starting Fires

Mark Finney's research on Bullet Ignition is highlighted through KCRA3 News Wildfire Coverage - Fire Danger Restrictions

Modified: Jul 26, 2017

Slow-Growing Pine Trees Better Withstand Bark Beetles

Sharon Hood was featured on Seattle, Washington's KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio station for her recent publication with University of Montana researchers, Raul de la Mata and Anna Sala. See the highlight for her new publication

Modified: Jun 30, 2017

Why fighting wildfires often fails

CBS's 60 Minutes Episode on Why fighting wildfires often fails -- and what to do about it.

Modified: Jun 19, 2017

Jack Cohen Honored for Lifelong Work on Wildland-Fire Mitigation

Reno, Nev. – Jack Cohen, USDA Forest Service retiree, has received the 2017 Wildfire Mitigation Legacy Award for being instrumental in developing the science behind many effective wildland-fire mitigation concepts used today across North America. - See the full article at

Modified: May 11, 2017