Education

June 18, 2020

How federal property programs help protect Americans from wildfire

By Tyler Hoguet You generally won't see the Firefighter Property Program (FFP) and the Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) program included in NASF's annual appropriations recommendations; however, state foresters know that FEPP and FFP are instrumental in helping their agencies fight wildfire nationwide. Both FEPP and FFP help state and local agencies secure much needed firefighting [read more]

June 8, 2020

Is biochar the latest and greatest in forestry innovation?

By Tyler Hoguet (Image sources are linked below) As recently as 2017, just 11% of adults living in North America (surveyed by the North American Forest Partnership) would characterize the forest industry as “innovative.” And yet, we've seen the recent emergence of several cutting-edge wood technologies and forest products: from mass timber to cellulosic biofuels to [read more]

May 28, 2019

Join us in welcoming our new intern: Brittany Hallak

We are happy to welcome the newest addition to the NASF team, Brittany Hallak. Brittany will be joining us this summer as the James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications. Brittany is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she received a degree in political science and pre-law, and a minor in peace and [read more]

March 22, 2019

Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition meeting brings community of experts to Capitol Hill

By Keith Wood and Josh Knoll Earlier this month, the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) held its 14th Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, at The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters. It was a chance for a wide array of community forestry stakeholders—including city planners, educators, landscape architects, non-profit leaders, scientists, arborists, foresters, and nurserymen and women—to come [read more]

March 5, 2019

Do right by your trees: Prune, and prune correctly

March is a great time to prune trees. While pruning can be done at any time during the year, new growth is maximized, wound closure is fastest, and pest risks are lowest if pruning takes place before spring growth. Correctly pruning a tree lengthens its life and increases its value, however poor pruning—especially "topping"—can lead [read more]

November 8, 2017

NJ Woodland Stewards Program Reaches 100 Participants

By Parker Jones The New Jersey Woodland Stewards Program recently reached 100 participants as 17 volunteers completed this year’s annual training. Forest ecology, wildlife ecology, forest management, and tree identification were some of the areas taught during the training. Instruction was provided by professionals and educators from NJ Division of Parks and Forestry, Rutgers University, New [read more]

August 1, 2017

Don't Fly a Drone Over A Wildfire

The National Interagency Fire Center says unauthorized drones have been detected over or near wildfires 17 times this year in nine western states. Of those incidents, 14 caused aerial firefighting operations to be grounded entirely. In 2016, unauthorized drones cropped up near wildfires more than 40 times, grounding air operations more than half the time. “Any [read more]