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SGSF Communications Committee unveils ambitious agenda at 2016 meeting

The Southern Group of State Foresters held its annual summer meeting in Charleston, S.C., July 25-28 to review and update its strategic plan for the coming year, finalize grant proposals, and share ideas and best practices.

Pre-Order Your Custom 2017 Smokey Bear Pocket Planner

The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting pre-orders for a customized cover of its best-selling Smokey Bear pocket planner.

The 2017 cover features a portion of the classic artwork "Nature's Gold Medal Winner" by Virginia artist Rudolph Wendelin.

WI State Forester and NASF President to Participate in FAO's Committee on Forestry Sessions

The biennial sessions of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) will take place in Rome, Italy from July 18-22. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #COFO23.

COFO is the highest forestry-related statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Wisconsin State Forester and NASF President Paul DeLong will represent state forestry issues on behalf of NASF.

Support the Timber Innovation Act

The United States Senate, led by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have introduced the Timber Innovation Act (S. 2892). A House companion bill, H.R. 5628, has also been introduced and was led by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

Both bills would:

Announcing the 2016 Smokey Bear Award Winners

Along with its partners at the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council, NASF is pleased to announce the 2016 National Smokey Bear Awards winners.

Since 1957, this prestigious awards program has recognized organizations and individuals for outstanding service to prevent wildfires. The awardees have demonstrated significant impact at the national level (Gold), multi-state level (Silver), and statewide level (Bronze). These awards remind us of the hard work that all Americans can do to reduce the threat of human­ caused wildfires.

Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance

The inaugural Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance runs June 30-July 6 and is dedicated to all those who have fallen in the line of duty. This awareness week serves as an opportunity to renew our commitment to the health, wellness and safety of wildland firefighters.

Over many decades, lessons learned from accidents and fatalities that have occurred on wildland fires have led to significant improvements in firefighter education, training, operational practices, and risk management processes. Unfortunately, wildland firefighting remains inherently hazardous.

Senate ENR Holds Hearing on Wildfire Funding

By Greg Pilchak

On June 23rd, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to receive testimony on the recent discussion draft entitled “Wildfire Budgeting, Response and Forest Management Act of 2016.” The hearing on the bill focused on three main issues: 1) the need to end “fire borrowing”; 2) the growing portion of the USDA Forest Service’s (USFS) budget consumed by wildfire suppression funds; and 3) the need for forestry reforms to encourage more active management.

State Forester to Testify at Senate ENR Wildfire Budgeting Hearing

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow about the Wildfire Budgeting, Response and Forest Management Act of 2016 discussion draft. California State Forester Ken Pimlott will testify on behalf of NASF; check back on the NASF blog tomorrow for the full testimony.

Spotlight on Savannah: Get to Know the Neighborhood

By Jessica Hernandez

Would you like to spend the last few days of summer under the canopy of Savannah's grand oak trees? We invite you to register to join State Foresters for the NASF annual meeting September 19-22.

Earlier this month we wrote about the history and layout of the city. This week we're focused on the multitude of activities available to visitors of this spectacular southern city.

Smokey Bear Website Overhauled: New Fire Prevention Tips and Infographics

Together with its partners in fire prevention, NASF is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved smokeybear.com. Go ahead - click on over and check it out!