Southeastern Cohesive Fire Strategy Website Redesigned

In partnership with the Southeastern Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy Coordinator, the office of the Southern Regional Extension Forester (SREF) is pleased to announce the updated Southeastern Strategy website, now with new resources that serve to increase landscape resiliency and community protection and ensure a safe, effective and risk-based fire response.

Register for the NASF 2016 Annual Meeting

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The 2016 NASF Annual Meeting will be held September 19-22, 2016 at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia. 

The Georgia Forestry Commission is pleased to partner with the NASF to bring together the nation's forestry and wildfire leaders at the beautiful Hilton Desoto in historic downtown Savannah, GA. NASF looks forward to hosting you for an exceptional week of business, learning, and networking

State Foresters Host Congressional Briefings about Forest Action Plans

Members of the National Association of State Foresters’ executive committee held Congressional briefings on May 4 to introduce decision makers to state Forest Action Plans and convey the importance of consulting these important documents when making forest management decisions. In attendance were key staff members from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and member offices, USDA Forest Service staff, and regional state forestry association staff.

Arson Awareness Week Kicks Off Sunday

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced the 2016 theme for Arson Awareness Week: Prevent Wildfire Arson—Spread the Facts Not the Fire. 

USFA and its partners will use the week of May 1 – 7 to focus attention on wildfire arson, particularly in the wildland-urban interface.

USFA is partnering this year with several groups including NASF, the USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Wildfire Coordination Group, National Fire Protection Association and several more leaders in the fire community.

Working Forests Caucus Convenes on Capitol Hill

By: Jessica Hernandez

On Wednesday April 20th, Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas) and a bipartisan group of members of Congress launched the Working Forests Caucus.

The caucus, which is co-chaired by Rep. Westerman and charter members Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington), Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) was created to promote the benefits of America’s working forests and support policies to promote this renewable resource.

Why the 40th Anniversary of Tree City USA is So Important

The Tree City USA program, founded in 1976, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. This program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).

This national program is helping state forestry agencies meet the urban and community forestry goals outlined in each Forest Action Plan.

A Tree City USA designation results in major public benefits!

New Documentary about Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment

The Forest History Society’s new film, America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment, will be airing during April on public television stations around the country in conjunction with Earth Day. 

The 1-hour film examines the work of forester Carl Schenck and the important role he played in revitalizing the forest landscape around the Biltmore Estate while laying the foundation for forest conservation in the United States. 

May 3 Workshop for Mississippi and Alabama Landowners

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and Minority Landowner Magazine will host a free forest landowner workshop in Lauderdale County, Mississippi on May 3, 2016.

The free workshop based in Meridian will take place from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Download the informational flier.

Attendees will learn about several topics including:

Prevent Wildfires with Smokey Bear

Today's fire seasons are on average 78 days longer than in the 1970s and are projected to grow hotter, more unpredictable, and more expensive in the coming years. In 2015, the United States experienced 68,151 wildfires and more than 10 million acres burned. While sometimes caused by lightning and other causes, nearly nine out of 10 wildfires are human-caused.

Wildfire refers to any unwanted, unplanned, damaging fire and is one of the most powerful natural forces known to people. Here are some tips and resources that you can use to help prevent wildfires in your state: