WASHINGTON (October 3, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is pleased to welcome Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser as its new president.
Crapser, State Forester since 2003, brings to the table decades of experience with wildfire issues, community forestry, forest stewardship and other important issues for America’s trees and forests. Crapser succeeds Wisconsin State Forester, Paul DeLong.
“This is an exciting time for forestry, with many opportunities to continue work with partners to conserve, protect and enhance America’s trees and forests. Cross-boundary land management is so critical especially in states like Wyoming where we have a lot of federal land adjacent to state and private lands. My focus for the next year as NASF president will be to promote ways that State Foresters can work with all entities to improve forest management across the landscape,” Crapser said.
Established in 1920, NASF is a non-profit organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. State Foresters manage and protect state and private forests, which encompass two-thirds of the nation's forests. State forestry agencies in cooperation with federal agencies are the primary delivery system for forestry activities.
As Crapser takes the helm, the wildfire funding issue remains at the forefront of NASF’s policy priorities. Nowadays, wildfire seasons are 78 days longer now than they were in the 1970s. In working to suppress catastrophic wildfires, State Foresters are responsible for wildfire protection on two thirds of America’s forested lands.
Media Contact: NASF Communications Director Amanda Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org and 202-624-5417.
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) represents State and Territorial Forester interests by influencing forest policy and leading efforts to optimize social, economic, and environmental benefits of trees and forests. Learn more at www.stateforesters.org