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July 2, 2020

State foresters back bill to improve Good Neighbor Authority

Wildfire, pests, and disease are landscape-wide forest threats that must be addressed at the landscape scale. Improvements to Good Neighbor Authority will help state, local, tribal, and federal agencies work together—across boundaries—to tackle these threats with active forest management. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters is proud to support legislation introduced by Idaho lawmakers Senator [read more]

June 30, 2020

State foresters release top priorities for COVID-19 stimulus package

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an ailing national economy, and a substantial backlog in federal forest management and rural infrastructure maintenance, the nation's state foresters have put forth a policy platform designed to bolster the forestry supply chain in the United States. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters, composed of the forestry agency directors in the [read more]

June 8, 2020

State foresters offer support for the Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters has offered its support for the Growing Climate Solutions Act (S. 3894), a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Mike Braun of Indiana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. "Right now, a lack of reliable information and limited access to qualified technical assistance providers and credit protocol verifiers are hindering landowner [read more]

May 29, 2020

State foresters support $3B stimulus to put Forest Action Plan work into overdrive

State foresters—citing their current contributions to America's forest products supply chain—justify increased funding for the implementation of state Forest Action Plans in future stimulus legislation. WASHINGTON—A dedicated $3 billion in stimulus funding for implementing state Forest Action Plans, as recently suggested by House members, would give state forestry agencies the resources they need to help [read more]

March 6, 2020

Statement on the Trillion Trees Act (HR 5859)

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the leadership of Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) in introducing the Trillion Trees Act (HR 5859) and recognizing forests and forest markets as environmental and economic solutions. Trees built America and are a strategic natural resource for meeting future challenges. Forests, forest management, and forest markets all should [read more]

February 12, 2020

State foresters respond to Trump administration's FY21 budget proposal

President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request shows some support for active forest management, but more investment is needed. WASHINGTON—While the Trump administration's FY 2021 proposed budget would support some active forest management, it would also significantly cut funding to critically important state and private forestry programs. In response, the National Association of [read more]

February 10, 2020

State foresters present USDA Secretary Perdue with leadership award

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue honored by state foresters for his work to promote the health, resilience, and productivity of the nation's forests through shared stewardship. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters presented U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue with a special award today, commemorating his leadership in advancing forest management priorities nationwide with [read more]