Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:15am
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) writes to thank you for your efforts to implement the 2014 Farm Bill. We hope you will continue to aggressively implement these authorities and explore new and better ways to accomplish more work on the ground. State foresters deliver technical and financial assistance to private forests – which account for roughly two-thirds of the nation’s forests – and have a long history of working with federal partners to...
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:21pm
The National Association of State Foresters has submitted comments in response to the proposed interim rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) issued by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (79 Fed. Reg. 65836).
NASF has a strong interest in Farm Bill implementation, particularly as it applies to those programs authorized under the Conservation Title. Programs such as CSP are integral to the programs and policies contained in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (PL...
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:55pm
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to define “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) published on April 21, 2014 (79 FR 22188). NASF represents the directors of state forestry agencies from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State foresters manage and protect, or assist private...
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:27am
Attention: Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2012-0096
Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2011-0072
Dear Sir or Madam:
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is pleased to provide comment on the two above-referenced proposed rule changes. NASF represents the directors of state forestry agencies from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State foresters manage and protect, or assist private landowners in the management and protection, of more than two-thirds of the nation's...
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:22am
Dear President Obama,
We are writing to you, as members of the Forest‐Climate Working Group, to thank you for the central role that you have created for U.S. forests and forest products in your Climate Action Plan and the new natural resources policy proposals that you have announced this week. Your new proposals will leverage the potential for U.S. forests and forest products to mitigate the effects of climate change through carbon sequestration and aid communities in climate preparedness by...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:14pm
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) welcomes today’s letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to completely resolve the federal excess property impasse.
The Senate letter emphasized the importance of federal excess property to state foresters and our partners in responding to wildfire and protecting life and property in communities across the nation.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:01am
Dear Chief Tidwell:
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System Lands (79 Fed. Reg. 25824) promulgated by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service).
NASF represents the directors of state forestry agencies from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State forestry agencies have primary...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:25pm
NASF and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture request the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extend the comment period for the agencies’ Proposed Rule Defining “Waters of the United States” ("WOTUS") Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which was published on April 21, 2014.
We urged the agencies to extend the comment period for at least an additional 90 days or 90 days after EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) finalizes its report on the “...
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 1:57pm
Dear Members of Congress:
For years the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) have “robbed from Peter to pay Paul,” by transferring money out of vital agency programs and services in order to fund wildfire suppression costs. This practice is negatively affecting land management programs including those that decrease long-term wildfire risk and costs.
The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875...
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 2:45pm
Dear Secretary Jewell and Secretary Vilsack:
On behalf of the National Association of State Foresters I would like to thank you for your continued support of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (“Cohesive Strategy”). The National Association of State Foresters supports the final phase, Phase III, of the development of the Cohesive Strategy. As we move into implementation it is important to note that this national, multiyear interagency collaborative effort is different from...