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January 17, 2019

Partnership announces 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

Individuals and organizations honored for exemplary commitment to community fire protection. WASHINGTON—The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named the seven recipients of this year's Wildfire Mitigation Awards. These individuals and organizations have earned the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation for their outstanding dedication to solving many of the most complex challenges posed by wildfire. Established in 2014 and co-sponsored [read more]

December 24, 2018

State foresters praise President Trump's executive order in support of forest health

The National Association of State Foresters applauds President Trump’s executive order encouraging more active and collaborative forest management nationwide. WASHINGTON – In an executive order supported by the nation’s 59 state foresters, President Donald Trump has directed the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture Departments to coordinate wildfire mitigation and forest restoration efforts in close partnership [read more]

December 17, 2018

NASF, CPRC release national survey on prescribed fire use

The National Association of State Foresters and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils have released a report documenting a 12 percent decrease in the use of prescribed fire on forested acreage nationwide since 2011. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils (CPFC) have released the findings of their [read more]

December 12, 2018

NASF, NWOA sign MOU aimed at increasing support for state and private forestry

The National Association of State Foresters has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National Woodland Owners Association to advance shared state and private forestry objectives. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters and the National Woodland Owners Association have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance their memberships' shared state and private [read more]

December 5, 2018

State foresters honor key lawmakers behind wildfire funding fix

Oregon senator, Idaho representative honored by state foresters for their leadership in finalizing a wildfire funding fix. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters today presented Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho with the 2018 Bernard L. Orell Award, commemorating their tireless work and tremendous leadership in advancing a comprehensive fix for funding wildfire [read more]

October 23, 2018

State foresters back emerging wood markets, active forest management with new national policy

The National Association of State Foresters has adopted a new position in support of emerging wood markets critical to the active management of our nation's forest resources. WASHINGTON—The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters have agreed to a national policy position supporting emerging wood markets and the important role they play in encouraging active forest management. "Privately owned forests—which [read more]

October 11, 2018

Christiansen named Forest Service chief

The National Association of State Foresters congratulates Vicki Christiansen on formally accepting the role of USDA Forest Service chief. WASHINGTON—The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters offer their hearty congratulations to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's pick for Forest Service chief: Vicki Christiansen. Prior to today's swearing in ceremony, Christiansen had been serving in the interim chief capacity [read more]

September 26, 2018

NASF recognizes excellence in state and private forestry, wildland fire

WHITEFISH, Mont.—The National Association of State Foresters honored several individuals at its annual meeting today for their extraordinary contributions to state and private forestry. The NASF Awards Committee reviews dozens of worthy nominations for the association's lifetime and current achievement awards annually. This year's award winners are: Jim Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award – Gene Kodama, South [read more]

September 26, 2018

State foresters elect new executive committee members

WHITEFISH, Mont.—At their annual meeting today, the nation’s state and territorial foresters elected a new slate of officers to the National Association of State Foresters’ governing executive committee. Lisa Allen, state forester of Missouri, will lead NASF as president in 2019. As the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Forestry Division, Allen is responsible for [read more]