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June 3, 2021

Longtime forest advocate Terry Cosby named head of NRCS

The National Association of State Foresters extends its congratulations to the new chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. WASHINGTON—The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters look forward to continuing their important work in support of America’s forests with Terry Cosby, the newly named chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "Terry [read more]

June 3, 2021

State foresters welcome president's FY22 budget; make asks for priority forestry programs

The Biden administration's fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget proposal includes welcome funding increases for priority forestry programs vital to America's forest sector. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters is pleased with the Biden administration's proposed budget increases for USDA Forest Service programs that provide, among other benefits, technical support to forestland owners, equipment and training [read more]

May 21, 2021

NASF pledges support for the National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021

State foresters declare National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021 a "win-win-win for forests, wildland fire management, and public health." WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters has offered its full support for the National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021, a bill introduced Thursday in the Senate by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Maria Cantwell, [read more]

May 20, 2021

Wildfire prevention PSAs urge outdoor safety as Americans spend more time in nature ahead of Memorial Day

WASHINGTON—The USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council are reminding Americans everywhere of important wildfire prevention tips to keep in mind when spending time outdoors. The public service advertising (PSA) campaign emphasizes the role we each play in keeping our safe places safe when enjoying the outdoors this Memorial [read more]

April 14, 2021

Smokey Bear Awardees chosen for their ingenuity, exceptional dedication to wildfire prevention

Smokey Bear Awards are reserved for individuals, teams, and organizations that provide outstanding service with significant and sustained program impact in the wildfire prevention arena. WASHINGTON—The partners behind the wildfire prevention legend Smokey Bear and his public service advertisement campaign—the longest running in United States history—have announced the 2021 winners of the national Smokey Bear [read more]

February 23, 2021

Top wildfire management groups name 2021 National Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

The four co-sponsors of the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards have named the individuals chosen to receive honors this year in recognition of their exemplary commitment to community wildfire risk reduction. WASHINGTON—The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named the three individuals chosen to receive 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. This year's recipients have earned the highest commendation [read more]

December 10, 2020

National association honors two trailblazers in forestry with 2020 awards

NASF 2020 Award recipients are honored for above and beyond contributions to the forestry community. WASHINGTON—After thoughtful review, the National Association of State Foresters Awards Committee has chosen a worthy individual and organization to receive 2020 NASF Awards for their outstanding contributions to state and private forestry. They are: The Georgia Forestry Foundation (John Shannon [read more]