The 2021-2022 NASF Annual Report highlights the association’s many efforts to advance the policy and communications priorities of its membership. In the last 12 months, NASF has had a number of notable successes:
Led strategic communication efforts to boost the relevance of NASF’s policy positions and the reputation of state foresters in Washington, D.C., with sustained messaging throughout 2022. NASF advanced the interests of state foresters by advocating for annual appropriations for key federal cooperative forestry programs. The association also released three short films as part of a video series called “Tree Stories,” and launched several new Smokey Bear public service announcements featuring a (fictional) Smokey AI Assistant with answers to Americans’ top questions about outdoor fire safety.
NASF’s Executive Committee established policy priorities for the association. In July 2022, NASF President Christopher Martin testified in-person before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry in a hearing titled “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Forestry.” NASF also advocated for the passage of impactful legislation and two massive spending bills, in addition to providing official comments on legislative amendments and administrative actions and proposals.
Facilitated national partnerships and industry-wide coalitions. NASF committees helped enhance state-level coordination among industry partners, scale data projects, inform federal-level proposals, and modernize reporting for federal forest-related programs.
Provided a national voice for state foresters. To bookend the 2020-2021 Centennial Challenge campaign, NASF published a summary report of its members’ challenges and a 140-page book detailing NASF’s 100-year history. NASF also released new products in the State Foresters Store including Smokey Bear coloring pages, posters, and wildfire prevention flyers.
These accomplishments and more are detailed in this year’s annual report. Click the link below to read the report in full online or contact NASF Communications Director Whitney Forman-Cook to request a hard copy.