State Foresters believe that the Farm Bill is a unique opportunity to support rural America’s economic backbone and improve the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing support for America’s trees and forests.
NASF is a founding member of the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition, a diverse group of conservation, landowner, wildlife, industry, and community organizations. First formed in preparation of the 2008 Farm Bill, the coalition of 100 organizations is working to ensure the next Farm Bill addresses key priorities for state and private forestry.
The National Association of State Foresters encourages members of Congress to support Farm Bill policies and programs that:
- Help achieve effective and efficient long-term conservation of our nation's state, private, and public forests;
- Encourage the retention and perpetuation of forestland in the face of economic pressures from urban growth and development;
- Increase employment and grow rural economies through active forest management;
- Enhance achievement of forest conservation program outcomes and increase the availability and utility of those programs to landowners and land managers;
- Protect and enhance wildlife habitat, particularly habitat for at-risk species subject to listing authorities of the Endangered Species Act.
Contact the NASF policy director to learn more about forestry in the next Farm Bill.