October 16, 2020

Nation's state foresters approve three policy statements on ESA, climate change, federal tax policy

The National Association of State Foresters has adopted three positions in support of Endangered Species Act reform, climate change mitigation, and federal tax policy reform. WASHINGTON—The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters have agreed to back three national policy statements regarding Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform, climate change mitigation, and federal tax policy reform. In [read more]

October 8, 2020

NASF joins in support for the Rural Forests Markets Act

NASF and other members of the Forest-Climate Working Group have joined in support for the Rural Forests Markets Act, introduced by Senators Braun and Stabenow. The bipartisan Rural Forest Markets Act provides a federal loan guarantee to support innovative projects that help small forest owners develop climate solutions and other environmental challenges by adopting sustainable [read more]

September 29, 2020

NASF, other conservation groups raise concern over problematic RCPP language

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, NASF and a long list of other conservation organizations raised concerns regarding a major change to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In short, the new fiscal year (FY) 2020-2021 RCPP Classic Application for Public Funding (APF) includes implementation guidance that could [read more]

September 22, 2020

State foresters elect new executive committee members

WASHINGTON—At their virtual annual meeting today, the nation’s state and territorial foresters elected a new slate of officers to the National Association of State Foresters’ governing executive committee. Joe Fox, state forester of Arkansas, will lead NASF as president in 2021. As the director of the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Fox [read more]

September 21, 2020

NASF signs on in support of REPLANT Act

The National Association of State Foresters signed onto a letter today in support of the bipartisan REPLANT Act (S. 4357 and H.R. 7843). The bill would allow the USDA Forest Service to address the 8 million acres of national forests in need of reforestation by removing an existing cap on the Reforestation Trust Fund. The [read more]

September 21, 2020

Annual Report, 2020

The 2019-2020 NASF Annual Report highlights the association's many efforts to advance the policy and communications priorities of its membership. In the last 12 months, despite the challenges of COVID-19, NASF has had a number of notable successes: Securing funding for priority programs. This spring, NASF policy efforts contributed to increased or steady funding for [read more]