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Save the Date: 2015 North American Envirothon Urban Forestry Competition

The North American Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition.  Reaching more than 500,000 students across North America annually, the Envirothon succeeds in its mission to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards achieving a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.  The Envirothon is “a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition for high school-aged students in the United States and Canada.  Participating teams complete training and testing in five na

Save the Date: NASF, Partners to Launch Wildfire Mitigation Award

Wildland fire training with pulaskisThe National Association of State Foresters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Fire Protection Association are pleased to announce that the Wildfire Mitigation Awards will launch in 2015. The call for nominations open at the NASF Annual Meeting in September 2014. 

NASF Foundation Photography Fellow to Document Minnesota's Working Forests July 14-18

The NASF Foundation photography fellow Leslie Robertson is headed to the forests of Minnesota on July 14. 

Robertson will document working forests of Minnesota, including economic benefits from recreation in state forests, public benefits such as clean air and water from St. Paul's urban forests, as well as the professionals that work for the Department of Natural Resources.

When it Comes to Wildfire Response, Federal Excess Property is a Critical Resource

The recent decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to halt further transfer of excess trucks, generators, pumps, and engine parts will cost states and local fire departments the opportunity to utilize excess equipment to protect lives and property from wildfire.

There are two major federal excess property programs for state foresters:

1. Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP)

NASF Foundation Photography Fellowship Kicks off July 14

Photo of Leslie RobertsonOur NASF Foundation photography fellow Leslie heads to Minnesota on July 14.

Following that trip will be a photographic journey into the forests and Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, and California.

The Committee on Forestry ("COFO 22") Held in Rome

NASF President and Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch was in Rome this week to participate in the Committee on Forestry, referred to as COFO 22.  

The biennial sessions of COFO bring together heads of international forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and others on appropriate action.

Meet NASF Foundation's 2014 Photography Fellow Leslie Robertson

With support from the NASF Foundation, NASF has selected Leslie Robertson of Illinois as its 2014 Photography Fellow.

The outstanding photographer was selected from our strongest pool of candidates yet and will document the theme Working Forests Work throughout California, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Minnesota.

This is the third year that Foundation has supported the fellowship, an opportunity to help tell the story of America’s working forests through the professionals who work in them.

New Website SouthWRAP Helps Homeowners Determine Wildfire Risk

A new website has been unveiled to help homeowners and communities determine their risk for a wildfire in their area. The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, known as SouthWRAP, allows users to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain. The site also routes users to resources that can help them implement practices to address the threats identified and reduce their risk.
 

2014 Photo Fellow applications being accepted through May 30

Are you an aspiring conservation photographer? The NASF Foundation is accepting applications for our 2014 Photography Fellowship now through Friday, May 30. This year's fellowship theme is "Working Forests Work" and the selected photographer will travel to five states in two months to document state foresters working on the ground with landowners and wildlife; sustainably grown wood products; outdoor recreation such as hunting; and clean air and water that comes from forests.

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