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June 9, 2020

Washington state forester testifies before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

At a virtual hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, Washington State Forester George Geissler testified on behalf of NASF as to the status of wildfire suppression operations and policies given current COVID-19 considerations. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for wildland fire professionals, including, but certainly not limited [read more]

March 27, 2020

NASF among signatories on forest health testimony sent to Senate appropriations subcommittees

On March 14, the  Coalition Against Forest Pests, of which the National Association of State Foresters  is a member, submitted testimony to the  Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies asking for its  support in  adequately funding  programs that help keep the nation’s forests healthy by preventing introduction and spread of invasive pests. [read more]

June 14, 2019

Alaska state forester testifies before Senate panel on wildland fire management

Yesterday (June 13) Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In his oral and written testimony (linked below), Maisch relayed the following statistics and key points: State contributions to wildland fire prevention, mitigation, and suppression State forestry agencies contribute tremendously in resources and personnel to wildland fire [read more]

March 13, 2019

NASF submits written testimony to House appropriations subcommittee

The National Association of State Foresters has submitted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations recommendations for key federal state and private forestry programs to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Click the link below for a full copy of the testimony or visit www.stateforesters.org/appropriations for more information about state [read more]

October 25, 2017

Wyoming State Forester Testifies at Senate Hearing

By Parker Jones Wyoming State Forester and NASF immediate past president Bill Crapser testified this morning at Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing on a legislative discussion draft of  the Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017. Crapser spoke about the need for active forest management on federal forest lands. The draft bill includes expanded uses for [read more]

October 4, 2017

Jim Karels and NASF Testimony to Congress

By Parker Jones Today Jim Karels, Florida State Forester and Chair of the NASF Wildland Fire Committee, testified before the United States House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment. Along with three other witnesses, Karels provided insight on active forest management techniques and other ways to prevent catastrophic wildfire.  The focus of the hearing was [read more]

June 3, 2016

Alaska State Forester Testifies at Senate Field Hearing

By Greg Pilchak On May 31st, Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch testified at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Field Hearing in Kenai, Alaska. Maisch detailed the impacts of the 2015 fire season and offered recommendations for minimizing the negative impacts of wildfire on public safety and recreation, while at the same time [read more]

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