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June 24, 2021

NASF pens letter to White House regarding UAS executive order

Today the National Association of State Foresters wrote to the director of the White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy regarding forthcoming guidance on an Executive Order (EO) issued January 18, 2021 called “Protecting the United States from Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).” Federal UAS policy, particularly with respect to federal grant funding, is [read more]

June 8, 2021

Coalition letter sent to congressional leaders in support of investments in wildfire resilience and forest roads

The National Association of State Foresters and eleven other natural resources organizations have sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting that forests be included in a final infrastructure package. Investing in Wildfire Resilience. Restoring America’s forests, watersheds, and rangeland – upgrading our natural infrastructure – is an opportunity to build climate resilience and [read more]

June 4, 2021

NASF leverages support for Recovering America's Wildlife Act

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 2773) represents a pragmatic, state-focused investment that can prevent one-third of our nation’s fish and wildlife from becoming threatened or endangered while creating a significant number of jobs that support the outdoor economy and other key sectors, such as agriculture, and forestry. NASF has supported the Alliance for America's [read more]

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

NASF President Joe Fox testifies before Senate Agriculture Committee on climate change

At a hearing held by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee today, Arkansas State Forester and NASF President Joe Fox testified on the merits of utilizing forests and forest products for addressing climate change. State forestry agencies are uniquely positioned to address climate change, promote forest carbon sequestration efforts, and ensure greater forest resilience. [read more]