May 16, 2024

National Forum on Biological Control: A Long Time In Coming

By Bob Simpson, NASF Forest Health and Science Committee Staff Biological control (biocontrol) is the purposeful use of natural enemies of dangerous, damaging and otherwise undesirable pests through parasitoids, predators and pathogens to reduce the risk and damage caused by harmful organisms to acceptable levels. It is not a new science; early uses include ancient [read more]

December 6, 2023

Urban Forests: Building cross-disciplinary bridges

By Eli Lewis, NASF Policy Coordinator The wide-ranging societal impacts of urban forests, which consist of not only trees but also urban parks, landscaped boulevards, greenways, and gardens in an urbanized area,1 were the focus of the Second World Forum on Urban Forests. I had the opportunity to join the conference, which brought together city [read more]

September 15, 2023

Forestry Collaboration – Success in the Pacific Northwest

By James Wright Our next installment of successful state partnerships highlights the long-standing efforts between NRCS and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Since 2012 both agencies have maintained cooperative agreements that enables ODF to provide technical forestry assistance on non-industrial private forestland (NIPF). This encompasses close to 3.7 million acres owned by more than [read more]

June 9, 2023

WY State Forester Kelly Norris testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources...

WY State Forester Kelly Norris testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding federal response to wildfire management, wildland firefighter recruitment and retention On June 8, 2023, interim Wyoming State Forester Kelly Norris testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding the federal response to wildfires, as [read more]

May 31, 2023

Meet NASF's summer intern Buddy Wilson!

The 2023 James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications is here! Please join us in welcoming Buddy Wilson to the NASF team. Buddy is studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with a concentration in Policy and Planning at the University of Montana (UM). He is excited to learn from the knowledgeable team at NASF while advocating [read more]

Former State Forester Tom Boggus with Smokey cutting his 75th birthday cake

August 9, 2022

Nominations period for the 2023 Smokey Bear Awards opens

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the nominations period for 2023 Smokey Bear Awards. In the world of wildfire prevention, there is no greater honor than to receive a Smokey Bear Award. These special awards are reserved for people or organizations that provide outstanding service with significant and [read more]

Emilie Austin in front of cherry blossoms

August 8, 2022

Help us welcome Emilie Austin to the NASF team!

NASF's newest team member will head up the association's social media and awards programs and help manage the Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign. Emilie Austin's official one-week anniversary with state foresters is today! In her new role, Emilie administers NASF's three awards programs, supports NASF communications through four primary social media channels, and represents NASF [read more]

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