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February 16, 2021

NASF comments on GNA Handbook

The National Association of State Foresters has submitted formal comments to the USDA Forest Service regarding its guidebook chapter on Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). States are an essential partner in realizing GNA accomplishments; and NASF continues to appreciate the efforts by the Forest Service to embrace coordinating with state forestry agencies on GNA policy and [read more]

February 11, 2021

NASF submits official comments on proposed Cottonwood rule

The National Association of State Foresters has submitted official comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding its proposed revisions to consultation regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed rule addresses the precedent set by Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service, a [read more]

January 19, 2021

NASF comments on proposed NIPF guidance

Last week, the National Association of State Foresters provided comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding its proposed guidance for identifying non-industrial private forest land (NIPF). The term “NIPF” first appeared (without definition) in section 4(a) of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (CFAA), Pub. L. 95-313. The 1990 Farm Bill (short for [read more]

December 17, 2020

NASF comments on proposed LSR directive

The National Association of State Foresters has provided official comments on a proposed directive regarding the implementation of the Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) program. Given the importance of LSR in furthering priorities identified in state Forest Action Plans and the extensive role state forestry agencies and the regional state forester organizations play in administering LSR, [read more]

July 31, 2020

NASF comments on USDA's Agricultural Innovation Agenda

Today, the National Association of State Foresters submitted comments on the USDA's Agricultural Innovation Agenda: Research, Education, and Economics. NASF is pleased to provide comments on the Agriculture Innovation Agenda and the role of forestry in bringing transformational innovation for the next era of American agriculture productivity and environmental conservation. Forestry offers many opportunities for [read more]

March 10, 2020

NASF comments on proposed changes to NEPA

On March 10, 2020, the National Association of State Foresters submitted public comments to National Environmental Policy Act Council on Environmental Quality regarding its proposed changes to the  National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) published in the January 10, 2020 Federal Register. NASF welcomes CEQ’s effort to update and streamline NEPA review requirements for federal agencies. [read more]