News & Events

July 22, 2021

The evolution of Project Learning Tree

By Mikayla Manthiram Young children and teenagers today are growing up amid looming, existential threats, not least of which is a changing climate.  Catastrophic wildfire, drought, and extreme weather events, all exacerbated by climate change, have created a generation of climate conscious young people. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a program for these students. It [read more]

July 13, 2021

NASF releases statement in support of forestry amendments to Senate infrastructure bill

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) applauds Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Barrasso (R-WY) for including forestry provisions in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources infrastructure bill that recognize forests as integral, natural infrastructure in need of significant investment and greater active management. NASF also supports the amendments offered by Senators Wyden (D-OR) [read more]

May 26, 2021

Non-federal WFLC partners distribute 2021 Fire Letter

The non-federal members of the Wildland Fire Leadership Coalition (WFLC) have released this year's fire letter. This has been a challenging past year – our decision-makers, our responders, and our communities were faced with responding to the COVID pandemic while managing a record setting wildfire year. We commend the interagency approach to both disasters. As [read more]

May 24, 2021

How state-to-landowner assistance helps reduce wildfire risk

By Marvin Brown | This blog is a cross-post and will appear in the Summer 2021 edition of the National Woodlands Magazine. Landowner assistance programs are a core function of state forestry agencies. States combine their own funds with support from the USDA Forest Service Stewardship Program to provide landowners with information, education, and plans [read more]

May 6, 2021

You call a forest 'home,' whether you know it or not!

By Keith Wood If you live in a city or town, did you realize you actually live in a forest? It is estimated that 138 million acres of trees comprise the urban forests in cities and towns across the United States. These forests span many ownership boundaries and provide numerous environmental, economic, and social benefits [read more]

April 26, 2021

Get ready for Arbor Day: April 30, 2021

By Keith Wood Friday (April 30th) is National Arbor Day! Last year’s Arbor Day celebrations (and just about everything else) looked different than normal because of COVID-19. To the state and local urban and community forestry programs that found creative ways to celebrate last year: we commend you! 2020 helped us all realize how important [read more]