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December 20, 2019

Partnership announces 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

Individuals and organizations honored for exemplary commitment to community wildfire risk reduction. WASHINGTON—The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named the three 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 [read more]

December 18, 2019

NASF releases latest report on forestry BMPs and their use nationwide

States have been evaluating, testing, and revising their forestry BMP guidelines since the 1970s, steadily improving the efficacy of these standards for protecting water quality before, during, and after silvicultural activities take place. WASHINGTON—The National Association for State Foresters has released the latest report on forestry best management practices (BMPs) for water quality. Among other [read more]

December 17, 2019

State foresters praise House 'minibus' increases for State and Private Forestry programs

State foresters applaud House members and their staffs for advancing a FY 2020 appropriations package that will support the health, resiliency, and productivity of our nation’s forests. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters praised members of the U.S. House of Representatives today for their Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 "minibus" that would fund—among other departments, agencies, [read more]

December 11, 2019

State foresters honor key lawmakers behind disaster relief for forestland owners

Florida lawmakers Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Neal Dunn are honored by state foresters for their work to secure unprecedented—and essential—disaster relief for forestland owners. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters presented Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Neal Dunn of Florida with 2019 Bernard L. Orell Awards, commemorating their leadership in achieving—for the [read more]

November 15, 2019

NASF releases biennial survey results on state forestry agencies

Survey finds state forestry agencies play key roles in protecting and enhancing America’s forested landscapes.  WASHINGTON — According to the National Association of State Foresters’ newly released biennial survey, family forestland owners receive more forest management technical assistance from state forestry agencies than from any other source. In fact, state forestry agencies provided technical assistance to nearly 270,000 landowners [read more]

September 26, 2019

NASF recognizes excellence in State and Private Forestry

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The National Association of State Foresters honored several individuals at its annual meeting for their extraordinary contributions to state and private forestry. The NASF Awards Committee annually reviews worthy nominations for the association’s lifetime and current achievement awards. This year's award winners are: Jim Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award – Jane Severt, Wisconsin Steven Scott [read more]

September 24, 2019

State foresters elect new executive committee members

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—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. Greg Josten, state forester of South Dakota, will lead NASF as president in 2020. As the director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Resource Conservation and [read more]

August 9, 2019

Smokey Bear celebrates 75th birthday

America's beloved wildfire prevention icon rings in birthday alongside fans and celebrities. WASHINGTON—Smokey Bear, the face of the longest-running PSA campaign in United States history, turns 75 today, continuing his legacy of bringing awareness to unwanted, human-caused fires in America. Smokey Bear’s wildfire prevention campaign has had a dramatic impact since its introduction in 1944. [read more]