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July 31, 2020

NASF comments on USDA's Agricultural Innovation Agenda

Today, the National Association of State Foresters submitted comments on the USDA's Agricultural Innovation Agenda: Research, Education, and Economics. NASF is pleased to provide comments on the Agriculture Innovation Agenda and the role of forestry in bringing transformational innovation for the next era of American agriculture productivity and environmental conservation. Forestry offers many opportunities for [read more]

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]

June 8, 2020

State foresters offer support for the Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters has offered its support for the Growing Climate Solutions Act (S. 3894), a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Mike Braun of Indiana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. "Right now, a lack of reliable information and limited access to qualified technical assistance providers and credit protocol verifiers are hindering landowner [read more]