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December 13, 2019

Nominations for 2020 Smokey Bear Awards due VERY soon!

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Committee is only accepting nominations for 2020 Smokey Bear Awards until December 15th. This prestigious awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding service in wildfire prevention. Please submit your nomination(s), including supporting documentation and materials, to this link by Sunday, December 15, 2019. Have questions about crafting a nomination package?   All nominations for 2020 Smokey Bear Awards must adhere to [read more]

December 11, 2019

From the 2019 Partners in Community Forestry Conference

The Partners in Community Forestry Conference is the largest international gathering of urban forestry practitioners, advocates, researchers, and government leaders. This year’s conference in Cleveland, Ohio, was another great gathering focused on urban and community forestry! Over 500 attendees joined forces for this annual event to partake in all things trees — from planting, care, [read more]

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]