News & Events

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]

June 17, 2019

NASF Forest Health Committee meets in Hawaii

Hosted by Hawaii State Forester David Smith and the Hawaii Department of Forestry, members of the NASF Forest Science and Health (FS&H) Committee, staffed by Bob Simpson, held their Annual Partners and Stakeholders Meeting on the island of Hawaii in Waikoloa Village. This annual meeting consists of three segments: the FS&H Committee Business Meeting, the [read more]

June 14, 2019

NASF Wildland Fire Committee meets in rural Washington state

The NASF Wildland Fire Committee, chaired by Florida State Forester Jim Karels and staffed by NASF Fire Director Dan Smith, met May 29-30, 2019 in Winthrop, Washington, to discuss pressing national wildfire concerns including cooperative fire agreements, interstate forest fire compacts liability legislation, the concept of shared stewardship, funding for the State Fire Assistance and [read more]

June 4, 2019

Cross-laminated timber: Is it becoming the construction material of choice?

By Josh Knoll and Brittany Hallak With new enabling legislation passed and more proof-of-concept projects completed every month, cross-laminated timber (CLT) may just be edging its way into mainstream construction. NASF has highlighted the momentum behind CLT before, but recent developments may bring about more rapid change in the construction field. Last year, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan [read more]