State Foresters know that the Farm Bill is a unique opportunity to support rural America’s economic backbone and improve the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing support for America’s trees and forests.
Formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, the current legislation includes various “titles”, particularly the Forestry Title, which help State Foresters combat forest threats such as invasive species and wildfire.
The Farm Bill is on track to be reauthorized in 2018 and will include important conservation provisions that help state forestry agencies carry out their missions to conserve, protect, and enhance America’s trees and forests.
NASF encourages members of Congress to strengthen the forestry-related policies in the next Farm Bill to help protect America’s forests and their many public benefits: jobs, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, places to recreate, and wood products.
NASF is a founding member and co-leader of the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition, a diverse group of conservation, landowner, wildlife, industry, and community organizations. First formed in preparation of the 2008 Farm Bill, the coalition of 100 organizations is working to ensure the next Farm Bill addresses key priorities for state and private forestry.
The National Association of State Foresters encourages members of Congress to support Farm Bill policies and programs that:
- Enhance public and private forest management;
- Grow community trees and public support for forestry;
- Protect forests from threats;
- Expand and diversify forest markets;
- Strengthen the role of State Foresters and Forest Action Plans.
Contact the NASF policy director to learn more about forestry in the next Farm Bill.