Presentation on theme: "2013 Regional Management Team Meeting Bob Ilgenfritz - Data Collection Group Leader: 1. A look back at FY 13 & looking forward to FY 14 2. Forest Service’s."— Presentation transcript:
2013 Regional Management Team Meeting Bob Ilgenfritz - Data Collection Group Leader: 1. A look back at FY 13 & looking forward to FY 14 2. Forest Service’s safety sharing.
FY 13 budget & FY 13 Field Accomplishments Continuing Resolution thru FY 13 NRS FIA budget reduced 1.1 Million in FY 2013 from FY 2012 level. Significant decrease in discretionary funds Able to maintain a 5 year cycle in FY 13 due to prepaying data collection agreements in 2012. Each state in the NRS region has received at least one annual measurement and one annual remeasurement.
FY 14 planning meeting Cycle length - maximize number of subpanels Reinvest in FIA program areas outside FIA plots. Carbon –P2+ plots - DWM & understory Veg NWOS – More courthouse/ownership work TPO – Reinstitute Wood Utilization Studies Lesser commitments : Pilot test support to NRS RWU’s Urban study in Baltimore
FY 14 final plan Cycle length – 7 year or 10 subpanels Used two year averages of federal plot production 10 year funding to state cooperators Feds offer to pick up the plot equivalents from a 10 to 7 yr. cycle in coop states – 3 subpanels Fund ND/KS/NE contracts and SD agreement on 7 year cycle “Drop” statewide federal data collection contracts Support 2 NRS Research Work Units - Spring 2014 Susan Stout – Allegheny NF research plots Dan Dey – Sinkin experimental forest Baltimore Urban Study – Summer 2014 Wood Utilization Studies
Wood Utilization Study Last done in late 1990 in NE and NC Objective – support/improve TPO by determining the proportion of harvested timber that is utilized at the mill and what’s left in the woods.
1000 studies in 6 utilization regions for 24 states. Sample stratified by 8 species groups and 3 product types.
FIA Safety Improvements 1. Check out/check in 2. Safety Engagement Sessions
FIA Check out / Check In Increased number of plots done solo Greater need to assure safe return from woods Satellite phones then answering service Use of SPOT device to check out/check in
SPOT Features One way satellite communication using two preset messages: Interim OK message Final OK Tracking feature “Hands” - Send help button “SOS” or 911 button Devise cost - $100 - $125 each Service – $150/yr. w/tracking; $100/yr. w/o
FIA Check out / Check In Using Dispatch and SPOT Program with SPOT has evolved since 2009 Started as check out / check in using SPOT devise only – monitored by supervisors Learning/Improvements & refinements
FIA Check out / Check In Using Dispatch and SPOT Added SPOT with dedicated dispatcher in 2011. Added interim safe status checks Provide close dispatch support for LOC
Forest Service Safety Sharing Safety engagements – applications to state cooperators for FIA and other field projects. MIDAS to capture previous safety issues/challenges on plot Improved near miss reporting Real time weather radios Verbal conflict resolution Aerosol defense sprays