Sustainability

Forest Legacy Program project established in Kansas

On April 30, forestry leaders dedicated the first Forest Legacy Program project in Kansas. 

Thanks to the cooperation of a group of organizations, the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve, part of the University of Kansas Field Station, has more than doubled from 202 acres to 456 acres, and is now unified as one contiguous tract. A segment of that property will be the first Forest Legacy Program project in Kansas.

Colorado Landowners Can Apply for Financial Assistance

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or USDA Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.
 

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.

Urban & Community Forestry Highlights from Our Nation's Capital

By Jessica Hernandez

A healthy urban forest can provide numerous benefits to the communities in which they flourish. Trees are a part of community green infrastructure and provide environmental, social and economic benefits to all urban residents.

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.

Celebrate NACD’s Stewardship Week April 24 to May 1

Mark your calendars: Stewardship Week kicks off on Sunday, April 24 and this year’s theme is We All Need Trees!

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:

New Rating Approach for Green Building a Step Forward for Healthy Forests

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) applauds Tuesday’s announcement by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to expand opportunities for using wood products in green buildings, including wood certified by the American Tree Farm System®, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, and programs that are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

FY 2017 Appropriations: NASF Delivers Coalition Letters

The National Association of State Foresters provided coalition letters in support of fiscal year 2017 appropriations levels for priority USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) programs. 

State and private forests make up more than two thirds of our nation’s forests and provide a host of public benefits including jobs, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and forest products.

Read NASF's FY 2017 Appropriations Recommendation Letters: