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May 14, 2024

USDA FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES $478 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of State Foresters applauds three major funding announcements by USDA this week: Forest Legacy Program, Wood Innovations Grants and Community Wildfire Defense Grants. Taken together, these federal investments will accelerate much needed work to enhance forest management, protection and conservation across the nation. The announcement reflected a sum of $478 million in [read more]

May 9, 2024

Wildfire prevention partners announce 2024 Smokey Bear Awardees

WASHINGTON—The partners behind the wildfire prevention legend Smokey Bear and his public service advertisement campaign—the longest running in United States history—are pleased to announce the 2024 national Smokey Bear Award awardees. The Smokey Bear Awards are reserved for individuals, teams, and organizations that provide outstanding service with significant and sustained program impact in the wildfire prevention arena. [read more]

April 30, 2024

Hawaii Becomes 11th Member of Northwest Firefighting Compact

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Northwest Wildland Fire Protection Agreement (Northwest Compact) is welcoming Hawaii as its newest member, rendering the compact 11 agencies strong. Eight wildfire compacts operate across North America, allowing the U.S. and Canadian provinces the ability to share information, technology, personnel and other essential resources across borders. Compacts are a critical foundation for effective [read more]

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]

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