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March 22, 2022

Nation's leading wildfire management groups name 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

The four co-sponsors 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 the six individuals and organizations chosen to receive 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. This year’s recipients have [read more]

March 16, 2022

Long-awaited FY22 spending bill becomes law

President Biden has signed a fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus spending bill into law, averting a government shutdown. The final appropriations package includes modest funding increases for priority forestry programs vital to America's forest sector. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters was relieved to learn that Congress had come to agreement on a long-awaited FY [read more]

March 10, 2022

NASF provides House testimony on FY 2023 USDA Forest Service appropriations

The National Association of State Foresters has submitted written testimony to the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies concerning FY 2023 USDA Forest Service Appropriations. State foresters deliver technical and financial assistance, along with forest health, water, and wildfire protection for more than two-thirds of the nation’s 751 million acres of forests. The [read more]

Animoji Smokey Bear on cell phone screen

March 2, 2022

New Smokey Bear PSAs feature fictional AI Assistant to remind Americans of important wildfire prevention tips

WASHINGTON—The USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council are reminding Americans everywhere of important wildfire prevention tips with new PSAs featuring a virtual Artificial Intelligence Smokey Bear assistant. In both digital and radio spots, Smokey’s AI Assistant gives answers to some of the top questions Americans have about outdoor [read more]

February 25, 2022

NASF pens letter to NRE Undersecretary Wilkes regarding the wildland fire commission

In a letter sent today, the National Association of State Foresters wrote to USDA Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Undersecretary Homer Wilkes regarding the newly established Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. We understand addressing wildfire management is among your top priorities. NASF and the nation’s state foresters stand ready to work shoulder-to-shoulder with USDA [read more]

February 25, 2022

NASF among signatories on letter to Congress regarding earmarks

In a letter sent today, the National Association of State Foresters—along with the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Volunteer Fire Council—explained why the Conference Committee should adopt the Senate's method of funding State and Private Forestry (S&PF) Community Project Funding and Congressionally Directed Spending Proposals. We would appreciate your [read more]

February 10, 2022

State foresters congratulate Homer Wilkes on new USDA post

The National Association of State Foresters applauds the confirmation of Homer Wilkes as USDA undersecretary overseeing the Forest Service. WASHINGTON—The nation’s 59 state foresters welcome the Senate’s confirmation of Homer Wilkes to the key role of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE). In his new post, Undersecretary Wilkes [read more]