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September 21, 2021

Virginia's state forestry agency and USDA NRCS enter into fourth decade of partnership

By James Wright Our second installment of successful state partnerships highlights the longstanding efforts of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). For over three decades the agencies have utilized multiple agreements to provide technical assistance on nearly 9.5 million acres owned by 410,000 family forestland owners. In [read more]

August 10, 2021

Arbor Day Foundation seeks tree planting project proposals

Guest post by Brad Brandt Since 1990, the Arbor Day Foundation has worked with tree planting organizations to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the United States and its territories.  Through our partnerships and with support from Arbor Day Foundation members, advocates and corporate partners, we can provide funding for seedlings on large-scale restoration projects.  [read more]

August 9, 2021

Now accepting 2022 Smokey Bear Award nominations!

The Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee is pleased to announce that the 2022 Smokey Bear Awards nomination period is open. The Smokey Bear Awards are the premier wildfire prevention awards program. They serve to honor organizations or individuals who have provided the most outstanding service to their communities through impactful wildfire prevention. The nominations for [read more]

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]