Water Quality

Public input to the EPA/COE process to define Jurisdictional Waters of the US

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) provided comment on proposed rule-making to define jurisdictional Waters of the United States (WOTUS). NASF members play a key role in achieving the goals of the federal Clean Water Act. NASF offered the following comments as a new WOTUS rule is developed (see attachment).

EPA Nonpoint Source Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) provide critical support to states to take priority actions in achieving Clean Water Act standards, including those that could be impacted by forest management. These funds represent the cooperation in the “cooperative federalism” model.  

The National Association of State Foresters urges support at the current $165 million funding level for this critical grant program which helps state forestry agencies protect water quality during forestry activities.

State Forestry BMPs

State forestry agencies develop and implement forestry best management practices (BMPs) that are designed to protect water quality and maintain water quantity. State forestry BMP programs are highly diverse to reflect the wide range of forested landscapes and unique state characteristics found throughout the country.

State and Private Forestry Report Highlights Accomplishments and Emerging Trends in Forestry

Analysis of Forest Action Plan Five-Year Reviews Illustrates Impacts of Strong Partnerships and Effective Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has released the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report which includes success stories and an overview of emerging issues and trends that were recently identified by the state forestry agencies.

2016 State and Private Forestry Report

Trees and forests form a major portion of the green infrastructure in the United States. However, healthy forests do not happen by chance and require investments of dollars, time and expertise. The 2016 State and Private Forestry report illustrates how the Forest Action Plans are helping state forestry agencies and their partners achieve national conservation priorities for America's "natural capital", trees.