State Foresters have the primary authority to manage and protect state and private forests across the country, which encompass nearly two-thirds of the nation's forests. State Foresters and their agencies receive support for national priority programs from several federal partners through the annual federal appropriations cycle and legislation such as the farm bill, which is passed every five years.
The state and private programs funded through annual appropriations support fire protection, as well as forest insect and disease programs for state, private, and federal lands. These programs also support state-provided forest management technical assistance to local landowners and muncipalities across America, and the development of statewide Forest Action Plans, which benefit all forests - private and public - across the nation and its territories.
NASF collaborates with:
- The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (in particular its State and Private Forestry division), Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency.
As part of the Joint Forestry Team, NASF works with the USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Association of Conservation Districts to make recommendations that result in coordinated interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance for working forests, farms, and ranches. Team participants seek to improve the sustainability of the nation’s forests in order to provide optimum levels of public benefits and ecosystem services.
- The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- The Department of Defense's U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.