Forest ThreatNet

Volume 8, Issue 1 - March/April 2015

Eastern Threat Center Highlights Cont'd

Center Scientist Makes Tracks with Science Sprouts

dinosaur_tracks_Hargrove.jpgEastern Threat Center research ecologist Bill Hargrove made tracks through the Colburn Earth Science Museum in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Dinosaur tracks, that is, and he wasn’t the only one making them. Hargrove led seven second-grade Science Sprouts on a journey into the Mesozoic Era, the period some 65 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Among their activities, students rolled out paper, dunked hands and feet in paint, simulated dinosaur trackways, and then compared their tracks to fossilized theropod and sauropod trackways at the museum. Read more in CompassLive...

Left: A Science Sprouts student makes "dinosaur" tracks. Photo by Bill Hargrove.


University Collaboration Enhances Climate Research and Information Sharing

kingmcnulty3.jpgWorking landowners across the Southeast are as diverse as the landscape itself, but they share one goal. "From an individual standpoint, they all want the same thing, which is the sustainability of their range, agricultural and forest lands," says Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Steve McNulty in North Carolina State University's (NCSU) Results magazine. In the article, McNulty discusses the importance of finding common ground with land managers who need information to sustain their operations in times of changing conditions and the partnership with NCSU that enables researchers to monitor climate effects across the region. Read the article...

Right: NCSU researcher John King and Steve McNulty (right) collaborate to monitor climate effects. Photo by NCSU.


William Foster Retires after 20 Years of Federal Service

WilliamFoster.jpgEastern Threat Center program support assistant William “Pete” Foster (left) has served the American people for 20 years through careers with the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Forest Service. Since he joined the Forest Service in 1998, he has lent his expertise in budget, finance, grants, and much more to sustain daily operations. He has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Southern Research Station Civil Rights Committee and as a Civil Rights Zone Representative. In recent years, he was a member of the Southern Regional National Buying Team #1, which provided support during numerous wildfire management operations across the South. He retired on March 31. Congratulations, William!


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