News & Events

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]

October 16, 2018

Texas’ not-so-secret weapon to mitigating wildfires

Guest blog by Curt Stripling, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Lowell Ballard, Timmons Group The Texas A&M Forest Service has partnered with Timmons Group, a national geospatial solutions firm, to develop the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (TxWRAP). TxWRAP is a web and mobile application that combines a suite of web-mapping applications to make wildfire risk [read more]

September 24, 2018

Nomination period for 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Awards opens

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to invite nominations for the 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. Established in 2014, in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards program recognizes outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards [read more]

August 28, 2018

National Association of State Foresters welcomes new intern

The association's newest James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications is here! Join us in welcoming Kiersten Ahrns to the NASF team. Starting now through the first week in December, Kiersten will be assisting NASF staff in their work to inform forest policy and disseminate high-quality communications. She is eager to interact with D.C.’s professional forestry community and contribute to NASF’s mission during her time in [read more]