USDA Forest Service

October 23, 2017

Upcoming Senate EPW Hearing

By Parker Jones On Wednesday October 23, 2017, Wyoming State Forester and NASF immediate past president Bill Crapser will testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. The hearing will consider new legislation introduced by Chairman Barrasso, “The Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017.” The Bill provides streamlining planning requirements in order to [read more]

September 22, 2017

State, federal forest management agencies increase collaboration under Good Neighbor Authority

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that federal and state forest management officials signed a Good Neighbor Authority agreement, a tool to improve forest health, including efforts to suppress the unprecedented southern pine beetle epidemic that includes nearly 4,000 infestation spots on four ranger districts. Using this authority from the 2014 Farm Bill, the Mississippi [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]

July 31, 2017

Fires Test Performance of Tall Wood Buildings

Wood buildings provide an array of economic and environmental benefits, and interest in capitalizing on those benefits by constructing mid- to high-rise buildings using cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing. CLT is made from layers of dried lumber boards stacked in alternating direction at 90-degree angles, glued and pressed to form solid panels. These panels have [read more]

April 21, 2017

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 NASF Awards

The Nomination Period is Now Closed. Recognize national-level excellence in forestry! The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting nominations for the 2017 NASF Awards. 2017 NASF Award categories include: Michael Buck Outstanding Service Award for Forest Public Policy Pete Anderson Current Achievement Award for Fire Protection Ken Arney Current Achievement Award for Forest [read more]

March 29, 2017

Financial Compensation Available for Colorado Landowners

Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands. The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. [read more]

March 22, 2017

Wildfire Mitigation and Legacy Awards Presented Today

The 2017 Wildfire Mitigation Awards were presented today at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference (WUI) in Reno, Nevada. Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire mitigation. Recognizing the comprehensive challenge posed by wildfires, these awards applaud the outstanding dedication to wildfire mitigation [read more]

January 24, 2017

NASF Welcomes USDA Secretary Designee Sonny Perdue

By Ryan Martini State Foresters congratulate USDA Secretary Designee Sonny Perdue on his nomination. "The nation’s 59 State and Territorial Foresters that comprise the National Association of State Foresters are poised to work with [Sonny Perdue] in using America’s forested green infrastructure to help make America great again," Bill Crapser, NASF President and Wyoming State Forester, said in [read more]