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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
State Foresters joined a broad coalition of forestry partners in urging leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to retain language included in the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) that would codify the EPA’s longstanding Silviculture Rule that looks to state-based Best Management Practices (BMPs) for addressing stormwater runoff associated with forest roads.
This week a forest markets focused magazine, FDM Asia Solid Wood and Panel Technology, published an extensive article written by Florida State Forester Jim Karels and South Carolina State Forester and NASF Forest Markets Chair Gene Kodama.
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