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State foresters encouraged by strong state response to Insect & Disease Designation requests

Under section 8204 of the Farm Bill, states are given the opportunity to request desgination of landscape-scale insect & disease infestation areas on National Forest System lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  To date, 36 states have submitted requests to the Forest Service for such designations under the Farm Bill authority. NASF is encouraged by the strong state response to this opportunity.

State foresters selected to join US Forest Service

State Foresters Monica Lear, Ph.D., (DC) and Steve Koehn (MD) have been selected to join the US Forest Service as Director for Forest Health Protection and Director of Cooperative Forestry, respectively, in Washington, DC.  Both have served in numerous leadership roles with the National Association of State Foresters over the years.  Lear serves as Chair of NASF’s Urban and Community Forestry Committee and Koehn serves as Chair of NASF’s Forest Resource Management Committee as well as having served as NASF’s President from 2009 to 2010.  Both have served as President of the Northeastern Are

Bettina Ring appointed State Forester of Virginia

NASF welcomes Bettina K. Ring, who has been appointed State Forester of Virginia. Ring most recently served as Senior Vice President of Family Forests at the American Forest Foundation where she was responsible for the American Tree Farm System®, the largest and oldest sustainable woodland program in America, supporting more than 80,000 family forest owners collectively managing 27 million acres of certified woodlands.  Ms.

State Foresters deliver appropriations testimony

NASF Vice President and Florida State Forester Jim Karels testified Thursday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding NASF’s fiscal year 2014 appropriations recommendations.  Our priorities focus primarily on appropriations for the USDA Forest Service Staten and Private Forestry programs. 

NASF welcomes new Fiscal Specialist Olivia Reynolds

NASF is pleased to announce that Olivia Reynolds has joined NASF as Fiscal Specialist.  Olivia’s first official day was March 17.

Greg Pate Sworn in as Alabama State Forester

We are excited to welcome new Alabama State Forester Greg Pate, who was sworn in by Governor Robert Bentley on February 18, 2014. He brings with him over 30 years of professional forestry experience to the Alabama Forestry Commission, including 25 years in state government and the remainder in the private sector.

State foresters encouraged by Senate Energy and Natural Resources forestry hearing

The pace and scale of active forest management must increase substantially to begin to restore our federal forests to a more sustainable & resilient condition and to provide the continued benefits of clean air, clean water, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, forest products, jobs, and other benefits of a viable forest products business sector.

NASF lauds House passage of Farm Bill

NASF is pleased that the Farm Bill holds true to many priorities of the state foresters, giving them the tools they need to sustain and maintain the health of our forests.  We applaud Agriculture Committee leaders and the House for:

NASF submits comments on Northern Longeared Bat

Last week, NASF submitted comments to US Fish and Wildlife regarding the potential listing of northern long‐eared bat as an endangered species. The letter outlined concerns about regulations that may be imposed on forestland owners that will have little to no effect on the cause of the bat's diminishing numbers due to  the fungus‐caused disease, white‐nose syndrome.

NASF supports language on tanker transfer

On Thursday night the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending the legislation, which sets out policy for the Pentagon for the next year, to the President’s desk for signature. Importantly, the NDAA includes compromise language around an aircraft transfer act included in last year’s NDAA that would have sent 7 C-27J aircraft to the USDA Forest Service – NASF supported this language.

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