News & Events

March 5, 2019

Do right by your trees: Prune, and prune correctly

March is a great time to prune trees. While pruning can be done at any time during the year, new growth is maximized, wound closure is fastest, and pest risks are lowest if pruning takes place before spring growth. Correctly pruning a tree lengthens its life and increases its value, however poor pruning—especially "topping"—can lead [read more]

February 21, 2019

NASF welcomes Joshua Knoll, the association’s newest intern

The time has come to welcome the association’s newest James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications. Help us welcome Joshua Knoll! Joshua will be assisting NASF staff in their work to inform forest policy and disseminate high-quality communications. He is looking forward to meeting and interacting with policy makers, industry specialists, and other professionals in [read more]

January 23, 2019

How first responders handle huge wildfires

Guest blog by Kelsey Ocampo, Two Way Direct Sometimes all it takes is a cigarette, careless campfire, or stray firework. Then, if conditions are right, a fire can grow to massive proportions, engulfing 3,000+ acres in under 24 hours. Firefighters and first responders of all kinds need to be ready. When the call goes out, this [read more]

January 11, 2019

Smokey, NASF kick off New Year with 2019 Rose Parade

By Ashley Harrington This New Years Day, NASF President and Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen joined Smokey Bear, USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, and Ad Council VP of Campaign Development Amy Gibson-Grant on the "Smokey Wagon" for the 2019 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Over 1 million people at the parade - and millions [read more]

January 8, 2019

NASF welcomes newest intern: Ashley Harrington

The association’s newest James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications is here! Join us in welcoming Ashley Harrington to the NASF team. Ashley will be assisting NASF staff in their work to inform forest policy and disseminate high-quality communications. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in the communication and policy arenas, as well [read more]

December 5, 2018

Help us spread the word: fire prevention doesn't mean suppression

Do you know the BIG differences between "fire prevention" and "fire suppression"? Fire suppression is how we put out wildfires. Sometimes, wildfire suppression is avoided, like in fire-dependent ecosystems where people don’t live close by. Other times, in areas where people do live close by, fire suppression is critical to saving lives, homes, and communities. Suppressing wildfires on landscapes that [read more]

December 3, 2018

Ensuring your legacy with land succession planning

By Kiersten Ahrns | This blog is cross-posted on Women Owning Woodlands. For many families, land can be the glue holding the family together. In Virginia, the vast majority of woodland owners want to pass their woodlands forward to the next generation, but less than 2% have a written succession or estate plan. Unfortunately, these statistics are not [read more]

November 8, 2018

Rx fire in Florida highlighted in new videos

By Kiersten Ahrns Two newly released short films, linked and described below, explore how land and wildlife managers are using prescribed fire in Florida's scrub ecosystems to support the return of threatened and endangered species and improve landscape resiliency. Surviving Fire: In the Florida Scrub features three decades of fire ecology research, exploring the unexpected ways plants adapt to survive [read more]

October 26, 2018

Building construction is going back to its roots

By Kiersten Ahrns and Robyn Whitney Cross-laminated timber (CLT), a wood panel product made from layers of lumber stacked at 90-degree-angles, is gaining market share in the construction world. The durable, cost-effective, and environmentally sound material is a viable alternative to more traditional building materials, and pending what looks like a forthcoming policy change, could be the future of building construction [read more]

October 19, 2018

Urban and Community Forestry spotlighted at SAF conference

By Kiersten Ahrns This October, NASF Policy Director Robyn Whitney attended the Society of American Foresters’ (SAF) 2018 National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Attendees discussed how science, management, and policy interact to influence the conservation of forested landscapes. As part of the convention, members enjoyed a technical tour of local, large-scale urban forestry programs. In Portland, [read more]