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July 2, 2020

State foresters back bill to improve Good Neighbor Authority

Wildfire, pests, and disease are landscape-wide forest threats that must be addressed at the landscape scale. Improvements to Good Neighbor Authority will help state, local, tribal, and federal agencies work together—across boundaries—to tackle these threats with active forest management. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters is proud to support legislation introduced by Idaho lawmakers Senator [read more]

June 30, 2020

State foresters release top priorities for COVID-19 stimulus package

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, an ailing national economy, and a substantial backlog in federal forest management and rural infrastructure maintenance, the nation's state foresters have put forth a policy platform designed to bolster the forestry supply chain in the United States. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters, composed of the forestry agency directors in the [read more]

June 30, 2020

NASF COVID-19 Stimulus Platform

Greater support for state forestry agencies and their work to sustain, enhance, and protect America's forests is needed now more than ever. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, an ailing national economy, and a substantial backlog in federal forest management and rural infrastructure maintenance, the nation's state foresters have put forth a policy platform designed to bolster [read more]

June 12, 2020

NASF joins other forestry associations in call for exempting H-2B forestry workers from pending presidential proclamation

In a letter to the director of the National Economic Council and a senior advisor to the president on Wednesday, the National Association of State Foresters and dozens of other forestry associations requested that H-2B non-immigrant laborers (who perform essential forestry-related work) be excluded from any presidential proclamations or orders restricting immigrant or non-immigrant labor [read more]

June 9, 2020

Washington state forester testifies before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

At a virtual hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, Washington State Forester George Geissler testified on behalf of NASF as to the status of wildfire suppression operations and policies given current COVID-19 considerations. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for wildland fire professionals, including, but certainly not limited [read more]

May 29, 2020

State foresters support $3B stimulus to put Forest Action Plan work into overdrive

State foresters—citing their current contributions to America's forest products supply chain—justify increased funding for the implementation of state Forest Action Plans in future stimulus legislation. WASHINGTON—A dedicated $3 billion in stimulus funding for implementing state Forest Action Plans, as recently suggested by House members, would give state forestry agencies the resources they need to help [read more]