March 6, 2020

Statement on the Trillion Trees Act (HR 5859)

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the leadership of Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) in introducing the Trillion Trees Act (HR 5859) and recognizing forests and forest markets as environmental and economic solutions. Trees built America and are a strategic natural resource for meeting future challenges. Forests, forest management, and forest markets all should [read more]

February 12, 2020

State foresters respond to Trump administration's FY21 budget proposal

President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request shows some support for active forest management, but more investment is needed. WASHINGTON—While the Trump administration's FY 2021 proposed budget would support some active forest management, it would also significantly cut funding to critically important state and private forestry programs. In response, the National Association of [read more]

February 10, 2020

State foresters present USDA Secretary Perdue with leadership award

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue honored by state foresters for his work to promote the health, resilience, and productivity of the nation's forests through shared stewardship. WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters presented U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue with a special award today, commemorating his leadership in advancing forest management priorities nationwide with [read more]

January 17, 2020

NASF writes letter in support of NUCFAC legislation

On January 17, 2020, the National Association of State Foresters sent a letter to Congressman Jared Huffman of California thanking him for introducing HR 5311 “The Forestry Renewal Act of 2019," which would renew the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Committee's (NUCFAC) charter. NASF President and South Dakota State Forester Greg Josten writes: "The [read more]

January 16, 2020

NASF pens letter of support for TREES Act

On January 15, 2020, Reps. Doris Matsui of California, John Sarbanes of Maryland, and Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act, a bipartisan bill to help homeowners lower energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff, and mitigate the effects of climate change by planting more trees. The National Association of State [read more]

January 13, 2020

NASF comments on CSP proposed rule changes

On January 13, 2020, the National Association of State Foresters submitted comments on the USDA’s proposed rule changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) put forth in response to amendments approved in the 2018 Farm Bill. In its comments, NASF noted its appreciation for increases in CSP authorized funding through 2023. We also appreciate that [read more]

December 20, 2019

Partnership announces 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

Individuals and organizations honored for exemplary commitment to community wildfire risk reduction. WASHINGTON—The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named the three recipients of this year’s Wildfire Mitigation Awards. These individuals and organizations have earned the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation for their outstanding dedication to solving many of the most complex [read more]