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Wildfire Disaster Funding Act Advocacy Day

On June 17, NASF staff participated in the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA) Advocacy Day in the House of Representatives. NASF joined allied organizations belonging to the Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions, formed in 2009, to meet with nearly 70 House offices and seek their support for the WDFA (H.R. 167). In addition to NASF, partners including the Society of American Foresters, American Forests, American Forest Foundation, Western Governors Association, the Federal Forest Resource Coalition, and The Nature Conservancy were represented.

National Get Outdoors Day: Explore Your State Forests and Green Spaces

National Get Outdoors Day is this Saturday, June 13th, and many state forestry agencies are working to connect you to the trees that surround you. 

Today, close to 80 percent of Americans live in cities. But, thanks to the great work of state foresters and their partners, the United States urban trees and forests provide plenty of opportunity for adventure nearby. 

Final Rule Defining Waters of the US Released

Today the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers released a final rule defining waters of the United States (WOTUS), which sets the bounds of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

We Hope You Will Join us in the Golden State!

Register today for the NASF Annual Meeting at regonline.com/NASF2015.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has partnered with NASF to bring together the nation’s forestry and wildfire leaders at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California. 

Partnership Protecting New England’s Forests from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

With support from the USDA Forest Service, Vermont’s Urban and Community Forestry and Forest Health programs are achieving goals outlined in the state’s Forest Action Plan.

Landscape Scale Restoration Program Forging Partnerships Across Boundaries

With support from the Landscape Scale Restoration program of the USDA Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

Wildfire knows no boundaries, a reality that long has united wildland firefighters across jurisdictions.

Enhancing Public Benefits of California’s Trees with the Forest Stewardship Program

With support from the USDA Forest Service Cooperative Forestry, California is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) works on-the-ground with several partners to achieve stewardship goals.

CAL FIRE is utilizing the California Cooperative Forest Management Plan template which will satisfy multiple program requirements and allow a landowner to produce one plan that qualifies for a variety of state and federal cost-share funding.

Conserving Working Landscapes with the Androscoggin Headwaters Forest Legacy Project

With support from the Forest Legacy Program of the USDA Forest Service, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

The economy of Northern New Hampshire was anchored for generations by the pulp and paper industry until 2006 when the historic mill in Berlin closed permanently. As part of the decline of the pulp mill, hundreds of thousands of acres were divested and parceled out to new owners creating instability for the region’s forest and recreational economy, and uncertainty for residents.

Protecting Great Lakes Forests with the State Fire Assistance Program

With support from the USDA Forest Service’s State Fire Assistance program, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is achieving goals outlined in the state’s Forest Action Plan.

Northern Long-Eared Bat Listed as Threatened

Due to declines caused by white-nose syndrome, the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) will now receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act effective on May 4, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced this week. 

“Bats are a critical component of our nation’s ecology and economy, maintaining a fragile insect predator-prey balance; we lose them at our peril,” said FWS Director Dan Ashe. 

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