Federal Forests

Upcoming Senate EPW Hearing

By Parker Jones

On Wednesday October 23, 2017, Wyoming State Forester and NASF immediate past president Bill Crapser will testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.

The hearing will consider new legislation introduced by Chairman Barrasso, “The Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017.” The Bill provides streamlining planning requirements in order to facilitate more active management on federal forests. 

First Alaska timber sale sold under Good Neighbor Authority agreement

A milestone in Alaska forest management occurred today with the award of the first timber sale under a Good Neighbor Authority agreement between the State of Alaska and the U.S. Forest Service.  The agreement enables agencies to work collaboratively across land ownership boundaries to manage forest lands.

Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack signed the $2.6 million young-growth timber sale contract with Alcan Forest Products of Ketchikan on Kosciusko Island near Edna Bay.

NASF Annual Report

The NASF Annual Report highlights accomplishments by the nation's 59 State Foresters and their staffs to advance policy, communications, and operations priorities that help protect and enhance America's "green infrastructure": trees.

Virginia Department of Forestry Signs Good Neighbor Authority Agreement

The USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) have signed a Good Neighbor Authority master agreement that provides a framework for cooperative efforts that enhance national forestlands and their watersheds.  With this agreement, the two agencies will now partner to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the national forestlands in Virginia.

NASF, AFF Applaud Introduction of Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017

Bipartisan Bill to Prioritize Forest Landscape-Scale Projects Across Both Private and Public Land

WASHINGTON—This week Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation would direct funding toward the highest priority projects, resulting in measurable improvements to non-federal private forests and nearby National Forest System lands. 

State Foresters Visit Capitol Hill to Advance Forestry Priorities

By Ryan Martini
 
This week, members of the National Association of State Foresters and regional state forestry associations met with their members of Congress in Washington, DC to discuss priority forestry issues. During more than 30 meetings, State Foresters spoke with Congressional leaders and their staff about priority programs that help conserve, protect and enhance America’s forests.