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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]

February 16, 2021

NASF comments on GNA Handbook

The National Association of State Foresters has submitted formal comments to the USDA Forest Service regarding its guidebook chapter on Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). States are an essential partner in realizing GNA accomplishments; and NASF continues to appreciate the efforts by the Forest Service to embrace coordinating with state forestry agencies on GNA policy and [read more]

February 12, 2021

Recommendations to the New Administration: Forest-based Solutions for America

Meaningful, landscape-scale forest restoration doesn’t happen without collaboration across ownership boundaries. It is spurred and strengthened by the support of a determined executive, and underpinned by federal financial support largely conveyed through the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry (S&PF) mission area. Investments in S&PF programs and a shared commitment to working across jurisdictions [read more]

February 11, 2021

NASF submits official comments on proposed Cottonwood rule

The National Association of State Foresters has submitted official comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding its proposed revisions to consultation regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed rule addresses the precedent set by Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service, a [read more]

January 19, 2021

State foresters join support letter to Biden administration on benefits of urban and community forestry

In a letter to the incoming Biden administration, NASF and other avid supporters of urban and community forestry have detailed their recommendations for improving American communities through the maintenance and expansion of urban and community forests. Our nation’s current and expanding 138 million acres of urban forests and trees are key to addressing priorities identified [read more]

January 19, 2021

NASF comments on proposed NIPF guidance

Last week, the National Association of State Foresters provided comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding its proposed guidance for identifying non-industrial private forest land (NIPF). The term “NIPF” first appeared (without definition) in section 4(a) of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (CFAA), Pub. L. 95-313. The 1990 Farm Bill (short for [read more]

December 17, 2020

NASF comments on proposed LSR directive

The National Association of State Foresters has provided official comments on a proposed directive regarding the implementation of the Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) program. Given the importance of LSR in furthering priorities identified in state Forest Action Plans and the extensive role state forestry agencies and the regional state forester organizations play in administering LSR, [read more]

December 17, 2020

2020 National Prescribed Fire Use Report

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils (CPFC) worked collaboratively to produce the 2020 National Prescribed Fire Use Report. Since 2011, the two organizations have partnered to prepare triennial reports (in 2012, 2015, and 2018) on prescribed fire activity, state-level programs, and barriers to prescribed fire implementation. These [read more]