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September 20, 2018

Nation's state foresters head to Montana for annual gathering

The National Association of State Foresters is kicking off its 2018 Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana, next week. Follow the meeting's happenings with #HealthyTreesHealthyLives. WASHINGTON—State Forest Action Plans, federal and state partnerships, and the many societal benefits of healthy forests and trees will be in the spotlight next week at the National Association of State [read more]

August 29, 2018

State foresters welcome Senate confirmation of Hubbard

The National Association of State Foresters applauds the Senate's confirmation of James Hubbard to the role of USDA undersecretary overseeing the Forest Service. WASHINGTON—The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters applaud the Senate's confirmation of James Hubbard to the key role of U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. "We are thrilled to hear of Jim's [read more]

August 16, 2018

State foresters will work shoulder-to-shoulder with Forest Service on new, improved wildfire strategy

The National Association of State Foresters applauds USDA's release of its new strategy for managing wildlife in close partnership with state forestry agencies. WASHINGTON—The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters salute Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for his leadership in developing Toward Shared Stewardship Across Landscapes, a bold new strategy for meeting America’s wildfire challenges head-on. "This new [read more]

June 26, 2018

State foresters praise Senate farm bill efforts, request additional forestry provision

State foresters make case for Farm Bill provision supporting state Forest Action Plans. WASHINGTON—In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee leadership yesterday, the nation's 59 state and territorial foresters praised many of the chamber's farm bill provisions and made an ask for one more: "Please consider adopting language in conference with the House that will allow land managers [read more]

June 22, 2018

State foresters applaud House passage of farm bill

House passes Farm Bill with key provision supporting state Forest Action Plans. WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the 2018 farm bill with a party-line vote, 213 to 211. The National Association of State Foresters believes this legislation's Forestry Title would go far in supporting the critical work of the nation's 59 state and territorial foresters. [read more]

June 20, 2018

State foresters reiterate support of USDA undersecretary appointee

WASHINGTON—Ahead of his first Senate confirmation hearing next week, the National Association of State Foresters has reiterated its full support of James Hubbard, President Donald Trump's pick for USDA undersecretary of natural resources and the environment. "The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters couldn't have been more pleased to hear of Jim's appointment," said George Geissler, NASF president and Washington state forester. "For 10 years, Jim served as deputy chief [read more]

June 4, 2018

Hall-Rivera named associate deputy chief of USDA Forest Service's State and Private Forestry

WASHINGTON—The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters look forward to continuing their important work in support of America's forests with Jaelith Hall-Rivera, the newly named associate deputy chief of the USDA Forest Service's State and Private Forestry programs. "State and Private Forestry programs help to implement state Forest Action Plans, bolster wildfire protection and forest pest management efforts, and support state-provided technical [read more]

April 16, 2018

Hubbard tapped as USDA undersecretary for natural resources

President Trump appoints James Hubbard to critically important USDA undersecretary role responsible for overseeing the Forest Service. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters fully supports President Donald Trump's appointment of James Hubbard, a former state forester and deputy chief of USDA Forest Service's State and Private Forestry, to lead the Agriculture Department's Natural Resources and Environment mission area as undersecretary. "The nation's [read more]

April 12, 2018

Newly introduced farm bill holds promise for nation's forests

The House Agriculture Committee has introduced a 2018 Farm Bill that would improve the health of all of the nation's forests, in turn bolstering the many benefits they provide: sustainable rural economies, bountiful clean air and water, ample wildlife habitat, and a host of diverse recreational opportunities. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters applauds the [read more]