What We Do

To achieve our mission, NASF relies on the power of policy, communications, and partnerships.

A state forester is the state government employee who oversees and manages the forestry agency, department, or division in their state.

Sometimes the forestry department is a stand-alone agency. In other states, forestry falls under the hierarchy of a department of agriculture, conservation, or other natural resources agency. Some state forestry agencies are part of a university system.

State forestry agencies provide fire control, prevention, protection, and fuels management, as well as landowner assistance and outreach. These agencies also manage forests and urban and community forestry efforts, operate timber sale programs, engage in forest health and invasive species activities, offer conservation education, and oversee regulatory compliance, program monitoring, and policy development related to natural resource management.

Though primarily responsible for forests on state and privately owned lands, state foresters also work with federal agency partners such as the USDA Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.