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February 14, 2024

Nation's leading wildfire management groups name 2024 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

The four cosponsors of the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards have named the individuals and organizations 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 a recipient of the Wildfire Mitigation Legacy Award in addition to two organizations chosen to receive [read more]

February 2, 2024

NASF submits comments in response to the USDA Forest Service Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement on Old Growth forests

The National Association of State Foresters submitted comments in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to amend all land management plans for units of the National Forest System to include consistent direction to conserve steward and recruit future old-growth [read more]

December 8, 2023

NASF Joins Broad Coalition in Letter of Support for Woody Biomass Eligibility for IRA Tax Incentives

NASF joined a coalition representing a broad set of interests, including companies, state foresters, private landowners, and forestry and conservation groups with concerns about misinformation regarding the use of renewable biomass. The letter urges the Department of the Treasury and Department of Energy to ensure under-utilized woody biomasses are eligible for critical tax incentives in [read more]

November 17, 2023

NASF Responds to the EPA’s Revisions to Air Emissions Reporting Requirement in Official Comments

NASF submitted official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Revisions to the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR). In the letter, NASF emphasizes the burden to State Forestry agencies that the proposal would create for the collection and reporting of prescribed fire data. Ensuring that the use of prescribed fire remains in the toolbox [read more]

November 1, 2023

NASF Signs Coalition Letter to the Department of Energy in Support of Sustainably Sourced Woody Biomass as an Essential Climate Solution

NASF joined 15 organizations in a letter delivered to Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, stressing the importance of woody biomass in the transition to renewable energy. The letter also highlights the alignment of the Inflation Reduction Act’s forestry-related goals with sustainable biomass, especially those aimed at mitigating catastrophic wildfire risks, [read more]

September 29, 2023

NASF Provides Official Comments to CEQ Regarding NEPA Reform

NASF submitted comments on the Council of Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) proposed “Bipartisan Permitting Reform Implementation Rule” to revise its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In the letter, NASF states that NEPA should be implemented in “ways that are more productive by (1) utilizing landscape scale planning, (2) [read more]

September 19, 2023

NASF joins the Wildfire Resilience Coalition in a letter to Congress urging action to maintain increases in federal wildland firefighter pay.

In a letter to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and other relevant congressional leaders, NASF joins the Wildfire Resilience Coalition in urging Congress to maintain increases to federal wildland firefighter pay. “Wildland firefighters are crucial for protecting lives, communities, forests, and grasslands across the country. They work long hours in [read more]

August 11, 2023

NASF Responds to USDA Request for Comments on Greenhouse Gas Measurement Strategy

NASF submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Federal Strategy to Advance Measurement and Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Monitoring for the Agriculture and Forest Sectors. “The USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program provides crucial information to federal and state forestry agencies, industry, academic, and conservation organizations on a [read more]

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