Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 NASF Awards

The National Association of State Foresters annually recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on state and private forestry at the national level.

Know someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work? Nominate this individual or organization for an NASF award!

NASF’s Current Achievement Awards recognize accomplishments in seven areas of state and private forestry:

Mini-forests planned for England’s urban schools

Schools are being offered free packs of saplings by the Woodland Trust, partly funded by England's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 

The aim is to "bring an oasis of green" into school communities, said Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight.

A pilot group of nearly 800 schools to enroll received their packs of one and two-year-old saplings last week, to plant by the end of the month, amounting to 35,000 trees.

By 2020 government money will have paid for 400,000 trees, with the rest funded separately by corporate sponsors and other partners.

Gypsy moth biology and management webinar

Register for the March 23 webinar, “Gypsy Moth Biology, Ecology, Management, and Implications for the Southeastern U.S.” This webinar is sponsored by Southern Regional Extension Forestry/ Forest Health and Invasive Species Program and is SAF and ISA credit-approved.

This webinar will address the current state of knowledge on gypsy moth biology and management, with a particular emphasis on the insect's potential impact in southern forest systems.


School forests give students appreciation for natural resources

Students are learning and applying real-world skills in school forests across Minnesota. Throughout the school year, students use these outdoor classrooms to learn and apply math, art, science, language arts and social studies while gaining an appreciation of natural resources.

There are 130 school forests at Minnesota schools throughout the state.

“Teachers routinely tell us that students are excited and engaged with school forest lessons,” said Karen Harrison, DNR school forest specialist. “The outdoors provide a unique learning environment where all students succeed.”

Trees in Trouble: Saving America's Urban Forests

It seemed to happen almost overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in SW Ohio. Cincinnati almost went broke trying to keep the invasion from damaging property—or worse.

The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America...unless we do something about it. First found near Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina and as far west as Colorado.