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Type 3 fire engine
The 700-gallon Type 3 fire engine of the Natural Resources program.

Natural Resources students and graduates have been on the fire lines from Wyoming to Washington this summer working for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Several graduates of the Natural Resources-Wildland Fire program now have permanent positions with the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The Green River forest also received some attention this summer after a quarter-acre wildfire was deliberately set the evening of Sept. 2 at the end of the concrete Foundation Trail at the Mt. Rainier overlook. Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) provided initial attack and mopped up into night. For the next several days, hot spots were located and eliminated by VRFA, King County District 44 Handcrew, Forest Manager Paula Hopkins and Natural Resources instructor Dick Hopkins. The fire burned timber and seedlings but, fortunately, was confined by two trails and the recent restoration project, "Paula's Plantation."

The Natural Resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs also made an appearance at the Puyallup Fair this year. A new display designed by Forest Manager Paula Hopkins entitled "Working Forests, Working Families" was located at the Society of American Foresters booth in the NW Outdoors Building. Students from both programs demonstrated the use of laser and GIS equipment and showed tree and shrub identification books at their booth in the same building Sept. 21 to 23.

The 700-gallon Type 3 fire engine of the Natural Resources program was cleaned, shined and entered in the Buckley Log Show Parade, Morton Loggers Jubilee Parade, and Hoquiam Loggers Playday Parade. The engine won second place in Best Show of Working Truck, 1970-1979, at Morton and first place at Hoquiam in the Logging Support Equipment category.