Water Quality

Colorado Battling Tussock Moth

In Colorado, black-tusked tussock moths have spread across 25,000 acres in the last year from the 2014 infested area of 1,000 acres. The moth’s caterpillars are rapidly defoliating fir trees along Colorado’s Front Range, raising concerns for wildfire, recreation and tourism, and water supplies. Defoliated trees pose elevated wildfire risks and invite other pests, such as mountain pine beetles and western spruce budworm.

NASF Statement on EPA Forest Roads Decision

Science-Based Best Management Practices Programs Offer Effective Water Quality Protections

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision this week that recognizes additional federal regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are not needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads.

EPA: No Further Regulation of Forest Roads Necessary

Science-Based Best Management Practices Programs Offer Effective Water Quality Protections

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.

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:

Increasing Drought Threatens Forests

Forests nationwide are feeling the effects from increasing drought and climate change, according to a new study by scientists from 14 research institutions. Evidence is mounting that climate is changing faster than tree populations can respond.  

"Over the last two decades, warming temperatures and variable precipitation have increased the severity of forest droughts acorss much of the continental United States."

- James Clark, Lead author of the study and an environmental scientist at Duke University

Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) recently released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. 

Report Reviews Forest Action Plans and Water Quality

A report published by Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, reviews federally mandated Forest Action Plans upon their five year anniversary.

The report, titled 5-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections, provides a brief background on Forest Action Plans, the process that was used to develop them and evaluates the effectiveness of the plans in addressing water quality protections within U.S. forestlands.