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 his department’s shared stewardship initiative.

“For more than a century, partnerships have been at the heart of state forestry agencies’ work to conserve and protect our nation’s forests. Secretary Perdue not only understands the value of partnerships, he has championed a new initiative, called shared stewardship, which has strengthened the partnerships most vital to ensuring the health, resiliency, and productivity of America’s forests,” said Greg Josten, NASF president and South Dakota state forester.

Since the USDA Forest Service released its Shared Stewardship Strategy in August 2018, twelve states have entered into shared stewardship agreements. To learn more about these agreements and NASF’s position on shared stewardship, go to:

Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook, NASF Communications Director at (202) 624-5417 and

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