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My Tree–Our Forest Campaign To Raise Awareness About The Value Of Trees

Project Tells The Story Of How Trees Improve Air And Water, Quality Of Life

2015 was an exciting year for urban and community forestry!

Among the highlights for NASF include the launch of a new campaign to increase public understanding about the benefits that healthy forests offer to communities across the United States and the role state forestry agencies play in protecting the nation’s urban trees.

Data and Analysis from FY14 State Forestry Agency Statistics Survey

The results of the biennial survey of the nation’s 50 state forestry agencies, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia are now available.

The State Foresters by the Numbers report shows the key role state foresters have played in protecting non-federal forests and enhancing their value; providing over 235,000 technical assists to forest landowners in fiscal year 2014, and training nearly 59,000 firefighters to protect 1.52 billion acres of land from wildfires.

Karl Dalla Rosa Honored for Contributions to Forest Management

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently honored Karl Dalla Rosa of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) with the Jim Sledge Current Achievement Award for Forest Management. The award recognized Dalla Rosa’s work on spatial data analysis in his role as manager of the agency’s Forest Stewardship Program.

NASF Refreshes Website, Integrates Forest Action Plans

NASF has launched a revised website which helps improve navigability of our information. Please take a moment to click through our website. We hope you like the new changes!

Perhaps the biggest update is that all Forest Action Plans now reside on one main website, helping to elevate the visibility of these important assessments.

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Jaelith Hall-Rivera Receives Marvin Brown Current Achievement Award for Partnerships

NASF has honored Jaelith Hall-Rivera of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) with the Marvin Brown Current Achievement Award for Partnerships in recognition of her work to build partnerships with state foresters, jointly develop performance measures to capture the importance of work accomplished through State & Private Forestry funding, and explore mechanisms for increasing the ability to target funds to where they will produce the greatest impact. Hall-Rivera is the Deputy Area Budget Coordinator for State and Private Forestry with USFS in Washington, D.C.

Timmons Group to Provide Performance Measures for NASF

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently selected Timmons Group to assist in the process of defining State Forestry Performance Measures.  The project will work to define a concise set of national priority performance measures and is supported by a partnership with the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry and NASF. 

Increase Restoration to Help Mitigate Damage from Wildfires

By Christopher Martin, Connecticut State Forester and Chair of the Forest Science & Health Committee

In 2014, wildfires consumed 3,595,613 US acres at a taxpayer cost of $1,522,149,000.

Heat, fuel and oxygen make up the basic recipe to a fire start. Combine record breaking heat and historic drought with millions of acres of beetle-killed standing trees and you have a recipe for conflagration. Remove or reduce one of these ingredients and you greatly decrease the risk of uncontrolled wildfire.

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.