Since 1999, the NASF Foundation has been supporting on-the-job experience for graduate and undergraduate students through the NASF Internship Program. The internship gives candidates the opportunity to engage at the national level in policy and communications activities that influence public understanding of state and private forestry in the United States. Those selected for this position attend meetings with partner organizations to help strengthen forestry coalitions; report out about Congressional hearings on forestry and natural resources issues; help maintain NASF's online resources and more.
Executive Fellowship - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
The National Association of State Foresters Foundation, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, offers a fellowship for a state forester or senior manager from a state forest agency to attend the program for Senior Executives in state and local government at Harvard University. The fellowship is a three-week session focused on exercising leadership and uses a case study approach in designing solutions to real life problems. Participants gain expertise in strategy and political management, creating public value, negotiation, crisis management, financial stewardship and internal capacity and performance management.
The NASF Foundation awards a fellowship to a photographer every other year. The work of these talented photographers focuses on telling the story of forestry and are used throughout the following year for educational and promotional purposes. Past fellows include Joel Prince, Josh Birnbaum and Leslie Robertson. The 2016 NASF Foundation photography fellow is Rena Johnson of Georgia.
My Tree—Our Forest® Urban and Community Forestry Campaign
In 2015 with support from the Foundation, NASF launched My Tree—Our Forest. Through this urban and community forestry campaign, NASF is working to create content and educational materials to improve public awareness and understanding of urban forestry practitioners and their roles and help support healthy urban forests throughout the United States.
The creation of the My Tree—Our Forest brand was made possible through collaboration with urban coordinators and state foresters in five pilot states—Alaska, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Subject matter expertise was also provided by both the Urban and Community Forestry and Communications Committees. Learn more at mytreeourforest.org.