As part of our core mission, NASF relies on effective partnerships to advance our legislative and policy priorities. We are part of a national framework of agencies and partners working to enhance cooperation and communication between federal, state, tribal, local governments, and private forestry interests. NASF’s leadership and participation in a variety of national bodies, coalitions, and task forces helps us advance State Forester priorities with a collective voice.
Through joint policy development with a broad array of federal agencies, tribal governments, conservation groups, associations, and others, we promote the full range of values forests contribute to our society with the full range of partners who protect and maintain them.
Here are just a few examples:
The Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition is a diverse group of conservation, forest landowner, industry and community organizations that first organized to raise the profile of forestry in the 2008 Farm Bill. NASF and coalition members are working to ensure that forestry and conservation programs continue to provide support towards the sustainable management of the nation’s private and family-owned forests in the 2012 Farm Bill.
The Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases engages multiple stakeholder groups to cultivate and catalyze action to abate the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and disease. NASF holds a leadership role on the Steering Committee and has helped formulate coalition strategies and activities.
The Joint Forestry Team (JFT) is a cooperative effort between NASF, the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and National Association of Conservation Districts designed to strengthen cooperation that results in coordinated interagency delivery of forestry-related conservation assistance to private landowners.
The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition is an assembly of national organizations working to advance a unified urban forest agenda for our nation's communities.
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) develops and maintains standards, guidelines, training, and certification in interagency wildland fire operations. As a charter member, NASF provides recommendations on policy implementation.
The association participates on numerous national bodies related to wildland fire policy and coordination, including the Wildland Fire Leadership Council, the Wildland Fire Executive Council, the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group, and many others. Through the National Interagency Fire Center, the NASF Fire Director helps coordinate the national mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States, including equipment and supply dispatching; overhead and crew dispatching; aircraft dispatching; and intelligence and predictive services.