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:

Missouri Department of Conservation: Celebrate Spring and Plant Trees

Although Missouri’s Arbor Day isn’t until April 1 and National Arbor Day isn’t until April 29, if you’re thinking about planting some trees this spring, now is the time to start planning.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Arbor Day Foundation both offer inexpensive ways to get some native trees to plant in your yard or around your property.

Until March 31, join the Arbor Day Foundation for only $10 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. White flowering dogwoods also happen to be the official Missouri state tree. 

Planting Trees Can Reduce Flooding

A study for the British Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. However, it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work and urges a strategic approach because foresting a whole catchment would be counter-productive.

The report - from the UK's universities of Birmingham and Southampton - says that with increased building on flood plains and climate change increasing the risk of heavy rain, many places can't be completely protected by walls of concrete.

Forests Key to State Revenue

According to the South Carolina Forestry Commission and Clemson University, forests that are properly managed are the key to increased revenues in the state. 70% of forestland in the state is owned by private individuals, according to Walt McPhail, the chairman of the commission and president of the Greenville Forestry and Wildlife Society. McPhail said if landowners actively manage their forests, the forests will return the favor by producing higher quality products and amenities.