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November 8, 2019

There's still time to nominate your wildfire prevention and mitigation heroes!

2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards nominations will be accepted until November 15. Established in 2014, in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards program recognizes outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are jointly sponsored by [read more]

November 6, 2019

How to handle an emergency in a state park or forest

Guest post by Aaron Smith Nature can be unforgiving. Before embarking on a wilderness adventure, some preliminary planning is a must. The great outdoors should be respected and approached with a healthy amount of caution, but as long as you pack smart, most emergencies can be abated (at least temporarily) until you’re able to get [read more]

October 11, 2019

First states launch Centennial Challenges!

North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Washington state are among the first states to debut their 100-themed Centennial Challenges! Follow @stateforesters on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest. The National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 with a Centennial Challenge campaign, honoring both the work of the association in providing a [read more]

October 9, 2019

Top 10 State Parks for Fall Camping

Guest post by Kyle Ryan Mild days and brisk evenings mean the outdoors is open for business! It's the best time to pack up the tent and explore the many state parks across the country. But with more than 10,000 state parks to choose from, how do you pick the right one for your weekend [read more]

September 16, 2019

Now accepting nominations for the 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to invite nominations for the 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. Established in 2014, in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards program recognizes outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The Wildfire Mitigation [read more]

August 12, 2019

Nominations period for 2020 Smokey Bear Awards opens

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the nominations period for 2020 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]

August 7, 2019

NASF launches new look for the State Foresters Store

For nearly a decade, NASF has operated the State Foresters Store with the express purpose of bringing unique, high-quality products to the state and private forestry community at the lowest prices possible. Now, thanks to your tremendous support over the last year, we've been able to update the online storefront with: 1. Easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly design. Finally! An online store for Smokey Bear [read more]

August 1, 2019

July is a busy month for Smokey in Nebraska

Smokey may be 75-years-old, but he’s shown no signs of slowing down. The fire prevention expert was on the trail across Nebraska throughout July. Smokey made several appearances to remind folks of the potential for fire danger all around us. Even where we might not always think to look. At the Science and Ag Family [read more]

July 15, 2019

9 tips for preserving nature while on the trail

Guest post by Personal Injury Help If you enjoy the great outdoors, you probably partake in hiking. According to the American Hiking Society, more than 34 million hikers took to America's trails in 2018. Every hiker has a responsibility to preserve nature while hiking, and every hiker can make a difference with these simple tips. [read more]

June 24, 2019

What is NEPA anyway?

By Brittany Hallak Signed into law in 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (or NEPA for short) requires federal agencies to: (1) assess the environmental impact of proposed action before said action can be taken and (2) allow for public engagement throughout the review of the proposed action. Given the Trump administration's proposed changes to [read more]