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January 9, 2014

NASF submits comments on Northern Longeared Bat

Last week, NASF submitted comments to US Fish and Wildlife regarding the potential listing of northern long‐eared bat as an endangered species. The letter outlined concerns about regulations that may be imposed on forestland owners that will have little to no effect on the cause of the bat's diminishing numbers due to  the fungus‐caused disease, [read more]

August 9, 2013

NASF submits comments to SFI on the SFI Standard

NASF provided comments this week regarding the Standard used by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI®). They launched the process of revising their current standard to develop the SFI® 2015-2019 Standard in June.  SFI®  reached out to more than 10,000 stakeholders for input. In the comments, NASF spoke highly of the current SFI Standard and [read more]

April 9, 2013

NASF submits comments concerning the role of forests in response the Climate Adaptation Strategy at USDA

Last week, NASF submitted comments to the USDA regarding their efforts to adapt to a changing climate as laid out in its 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. The comments advanced the concepts approved by NASF as part of the policy statement, NASF Adaptation and Mitigation: Concepts for Forest-Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Legislation and Administrative Policy. [read more]

April 1, 2013

NASF comments on sixth draft of LEED

Last week NASF submitted comments on the sixth draft of LEED standards. The comments addressed the use of sustainably sourced wood in building design and construction, interior design and construction, and existing buildings and neighborhood development, while taking into account the current draft language's exclusion of all but one certification system. NASF's comments recommend taking [read more]

November 15, 2012

NASF/NAASF submit comments in response to Advice from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

NASF delivered comments alongside the NAASF regarding Advice from the FSC related to the evaluation of nurseries under the FSC standard. State forestry agencies responsibilities’ often include the operation and management of nurseries that produce millions of seedlings for reforestation efforts on both public and private forest land.  NASF comments indicated that implementation of the [read more]

October 4, 2012

NASF joins the Association of Clean Water Administrators in responding to EPA rulemaking regarding runoff from logging roads

On October 3, NASF submitted joint comments with the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about their notice of proposed rulemaking regarding revised stormwater regulations specific to permits not being required for stormwater discharges from logging roads. NASF and ACWA comments support EPA’s proposal that multi-sector National Pollutant Discharge [read more]

July 10, 2012

NASF comments on proposed House Farm Bill

Last week NASF, as part of the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition, sent comments on the House Agriculture proposed Farm Bill to committee leadership. The Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition represents millions of forest owners, conservationists, hunters, anglers, forest product manufacturers, and natural resource professionals. The Coalition communicated that they understand the Committee’s [read more]