News & Events

August 9, 2018

NASF celebrates Smokey Bear’s 74th birthday!

By Kiera Quigley Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been teaching Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. Today, we celebrate the 74 years of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign, the longest-running public service campaign in U.S. history. Recognized by 8 out of 10 Americans, Smokey is a household name. But how much do you [read more]

July 24, 2018

NASF stands behind Jim Hubbard

By Kiera Quigley Today NASF was on Capitol Hill supporting Jim Hubbard, President Donald J. Trump's pick to lead the USDA's natural resources and environment mission area, which includes the USDA Forest Service. At Hubbard's confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee today, no one in attendance was surprised to hear the former Colorado state forester emphasize the importance of cross-boundary work. In his testimony, [read more]

June 29, 2018

NASF committees on forest management, markets meet in South Carolina

  NASF’s Forest Resource Management and Forest Markets Committees held a very productive joint meeting earlier this week in Greenville, South Carolina. The first day of the meeting featured a variety of speakers who talked about the potential of emerging markets for wood, including nanofibers and mass timber. The two committees then reviewed and edited a draft NASF position [read more]

June 22, 2018

State foresters, key partners gather in Napa, Philadelphia

Both the NASF Urban and Community Forestry and Wildland Fire Committees met in person recently to exchange best practices, generate ideas, and strategize on next steps. Read on for meeting highlights! This week (June 19 and 20), the NASF Urban and Community Forestry Committee met in Philadelphia, where they discussed, among other topics, federal appropriations and legislation relevant to urban and community forestry. The newly named state forester for [read more]

June 11, 2018

Forest Service chief stresses importance of cross-boundary forest management to Senate, House panels

By Kiera Quigley Last week, Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen went before two panels of lawmakers in the Senate and House to discuss wildfire and forest management on federal lands. In the June 5 hearing, held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to discuss the 2018 wildfire outlook and the federal government's wildfire management programs, Christiansen recapped [read more]

June 7, 2018

NASF delivers webinar on using social media to promote importance of state Forest Action Plans

NASF teamed up with the USDA Forest Service's Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry team and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters last week to deliver tips and tricks for using social media. The resulting webinar—which was recorded and archived here—provided dynamic, customizable examples of messages and tried-and-true strategies for state forestry agencies and their partners to utilize in their Forest Action [read more]

June 4, 2018

Urban forest, tree stats available from Vibrant Cities Lab

Guest post by Jennifer Judd Hinrichs The tree outside your window, next to your apartment, in the park, or on your street is all part of the urban forest where you live, work, or play. Decades of research shows that the urban forests in our backyards deliver measurable economic benefits, reduce strain on hard infrastructure, and improve people’s health and [read more]