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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]

April 11, 2014

State Foresters deliver appropriations testimony

NASF Vice President and Florida State Forester Jim Karels testified Thursday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding NASF’s fiscal year 2014 appropriations recommendations.  Our priorities focus primarily on appropriations for the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry programs.  NASF testimony includes support for the State Fire Assistance program, the [read more]

July 3, 2013

State Forester Maisch testifies on behalf of Alaska regarding challenges and opportunities for improving forest management on Federal lands

Last week Alaska State Forester and NASF Vice President Chris Maisch testified on behalf of the State of Alaska in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He was joined by other forest experts and government officials to address the improvement of forest health and management on Federal lands.  Maisch spoke about [read more]

June 7, 2013

NASF gives testimony before Senate committee on wildland fire management

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this week to explore ways to improve wildland fire management. Along with other witnesses, Oregon State Forester Doug Decker,  U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) Director of Policy and Partnerships Diane Vosick testified. Through the lens of the Blue Mountain Project in [read more]

May 16, 2013

NASF weighs in on invasive species

This week NASF President Randy Dye testified on invasive species before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. During his testimony, Mr. Dye stressed the importance of continued and improved collaboration between federal, state and local partners to help deal with the increasing issue of invasive species on all [read more]