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June 20, 2019

#ProtectYours: Wildfire risk management starts with communities

#ProtectYours from wildfire with these resources provided by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Intertribal Timber Council, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Foresters, and National League of Cities. WASHINGTON—It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there are always communities preparing for, actively mitigating, fighting, or recovering from wildfire. The 2019 [read more]

June 17, 2019

State foresters praise Forest Service proposal to streamline NEPA review

WASHINGTON—The nation's 59 state and territorial foresters fully support the USDA Forest Service's proposal to modernize its compliance processes associated with National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) reviews. "For several years now, state foresters have called on the Forest Service to streamline their NEPA review processes," said Lisa Allen, NASF president and Missouri state forester. "NEPA [read more]

June 14, 2019

NASF supports legislation to enable greater, more coordinated sharing of firefighting resources across North America

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters is calling on Congress to introduce and pass legislation that will allow resource sharing among states and Canadian provinces for the express purpose of fighting wildfires. "To better protect Americans from wildfire, our states need Congress to enact federal legislation to address liability concerns for Forest Fire Compact resource [read more]

June 14, 2019

Alaska state forester testifies before Senate panel on wildland fire management

Yesterday (June 13) Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In his oral and written testimony (linked below), Maisch relayed the following statistics and key points: State contributions to wildland fire prevention, mitigation, and suppression State forestry agencies contribute tremendously in resources and personnel to wildland fire [read more]

May 10, 2019

Communities At Risk Report, 2018

This Communities At Risk Report provides a national snapshot of wildland fire risk, preparedness, and capacity using the latest USDA Forest Service National Fire Plan Operations and Reporting System data for Fiscal Year 2018. For more information about this report, contact NASF Fire Director Dan Smith at desmith@blm.gov or 208-867-0908.

April 19, 2019

NASF sends support for VFA, SFA in letters to Congress

NASF, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Congressional Fire Services Institute have sent letters to appropriations leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate about two critically important wildfire protection programs: State Fire Assistance (SFA) and Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA). SFA and VFA, programs housed within the [read more]

April 15, 2019

NASF comments on revised WOTUS definition

On April 15, 2019, the National Association of State Foresters submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's revised definition of waters of the United States, commonly referred to as WOTUS. In its comments, NASF made clear that one size does not fit all when it comes to water quality policy and regulation. Each state's approach [read more]