Wildfire

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.

California’s Dead Trees Stand Ready to Burn

Like tens of millions of matchsticks, California’s dead trees stand ready to burn. Between severe droughts, a plethora of invasive species, and other problems, trees are at high risk with low defenses. As more trees die, they add fuel to an already growing flame. 

Gov. Jerry Brown of California issued emergency declarations for the Sierra’s central and southern regions last October. Mr. Brown also called for a task force to devise strategies to clear the forests of deadwood. He also sought additional federal funds.

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.

Human fire starts threaten communities, lands and livelihoods

Over the last six days, firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have responded to 82 wildfire starts. Investigators believe all but two of those were likely started by humans.

DNR fire leaders are again urging caution with the expected arrival of hot, windy weather in the extended forecast for this weekend.

Firefighters not actively engaged in the ongoing large wildfires are strategically positioning for the coming weather, but DNR asks every Washingtonian to exercise extra caution when working or playing outdoors.

Wildfire Prevention Resource: New Smokey Bear PSAs Unveiled

The National Association of State Foresters and its partners on the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) campaign have unveiled new Smokey Bear wildfire prevention public service announcements (PSAs).

For a preview, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7896651-ad-council-smokey-bear-wildfire-psa/

The CFFP program is managed by the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with your state forester and the Ad Council. 

Florida leads the nation in prescribed fire acreage

On August 2nd 2016, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service today announced that more they treated more than 204,000 acres of Florida state forests with prescribed fire. Prescribed fire is an important management tool for keeping natural habitats healthy and reducing wildfire risks. It mimics naturally occurring fires to the benefit of fire-dependent plants and animals, all the while reducing fuel loads and mitigating wildfire risk.