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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]

June 20, 2019

#ProtectYours: Wildfire risk management starts with communities

#ProtectYours from wildfire with these resources provided by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Intertribal Timber Council, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Foresters, and National League of Cities. WASHINGTON—It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there are always communities preparing for, actively mitigating, fighting, or recovering from wildfire. The 2019 [read more]

June 17, 2019

State foresters praise Forest Service proposal to streamline NEPA review

WASHINGTON—The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters fully support the USDA Forest Service's proposal to modernize its compliance processes associated with National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) reviews. "For several years now, state foresters have called on the Forest Service to streamline their NEPA review processes," said Lisa Allen, NASF president and Missouri state forester. "NEPA [read more]

June 14, 2019

NASF supports legislation to enable greater, more coordinated sharing of firefighting resources across North America

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters is calling on Congress to introduce and pass legislation that will allow resource sharing among states and Canadian provinces for the express purpose of fighting wildfires. "To better protect Americans from wildfire, our states need Congress to enact federal legislation to address liability concerns for Forest Fire Compact resource [read more]