Meet NASF’s summer intern McKenzee Kositzke!
National Association of State Foresters
by Emilie Austin
1M ago
The 2024 James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications is here! Please join us in welcoming McKenzie Kositzke to the NASF team. Mckenzee is currently enrolled at Michigan State University (MSU (Go Green!)), majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a double minor in Women and Gender Studies and S.T.E.PP. (Science, Technology, Environment, Public Policy). Mckenzee is involved in several extracurriculars including the MSU Outdoors Club, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, The Hurriya Coalition, The Sunrise Movement, Spartan Housing Cooperative and Sustainable Spartans.&nbs ..read more
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National Forum on Biological Control: A Long Time In Coming
National Association of State Foresters
by Emilie Austin
2M ago
By Bob Simpson, NASF Forest Health and Science Committee Staff Biological control (biocontrol) is the purposeful use of natural enemies of dangerous, damaging and otherwise undesirable pests through parasitoids, predators and pathogens to reduce the risk and damage caused by harmful organisms to acceptable levels. It is not a new science; early uses include ancient China’s employment of the Pharoh’s Ant to control stored grain pests. Biocontrol has been an important component in managing undesirable pests and pathogens in the U.S. for decades. However, some in the scientific community feel tha ..read more
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Embracing Forests for the Future at the 2024 SFI Annual Conference
National Association of State Foresters
by Sheridan Davis
2M ago
By Nadine Block, Senior VP Community and Government Relations, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Collaboration is critical to ensure the sustainability of our planet. People and organizations are seeking solutions that ensure our forests, through responsible management, make positive contributions to the long-term health of people and the planet. The 2024 Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Annual Conference, taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 4-7, embraces this potential under the theme “Forests for the Future: Nature and Community Grown Solutions.” We invite all NASF ..read more
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Now accepting nominations for 2024 Wildfire Mitigation Awards
National Association of State Foresters
by Emilie Austin
9M ago
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to invite nominations for 2024 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. Established in 2014, the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards program recognizes outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. By honoring the achievements of awardees, the program sponsors seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards (WMAs) are jointly sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (I ..read more
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Celebrating Wood Innovations During National Forest Products Week!
National Association of State Foresters
by Sheridan Davis
9M ago
By Russell Bozeman, Mississippi State Forester and Chair of the National Association of State Foresters’ Forest Markets Committee In honor of National Forest Products Week, we’ve been celebrating the value of forest products and their contributions to society. Since 1960, the week-long celebration (beginning on the third Sunday of October) has been observed across the nation. President Dwight Eisenhower was the first U.S. president to recognize this week and every president since (including President Joe Biden) has followed suit. Why Use Forest Products? From the cardboard boxes used to ship o ..read more
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Forestry Collaboration – Success in the Pacific Northwest
National Association of State Foresters
by Sheridan Davis
10M ago
By James Wright Our next installment of successful state partnerships highlights the long-standing efforts between NRCS and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Since 2012 both agencies have maintained cooperative agreements that enables ODF to provide technical forestry assistance on non-industrial private forestland (NIPF). This encompasses close to 3.7 million acres owned by more than 166,000 family owners. The first agreement provided funding for a few foresters in Northeast Oregon, however, the partnership has expanded to support over 35 foresters and other natural resource profession ..read more
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USDA ANNOUNCES $188M INVESTMENT IN NATION’S FORESTRY LEGACY PROGRAM
National Association of State Foresters
by Sheridan Davis
1y ago
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On July 29, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a remarkable investment to conserve some of the nation’s most economically and ecologically significant forestlands to the tune of $188 million. Provided through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, these funds will support 34 conservation projects over more than 245,000 acres of the nation’s working forests critical to rural economies in 22 states and one island territory as part of the agency’s Forest Legacy Program (FLP). “Working forests” provide countless invaluable benefits to local communities, fro ..read more
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WY State Forester Kelly Norris testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources…
National Association of State Foresters
by Sheridan Davis
1y ago
WY State Forester Kelly Norris testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding federal response to wildfire management, wildland firefighter recruitment and retention WY State Forester Kelly Norris pictured with Ranking Member Sen. John Barrasso prior to her testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. On June 8, 2023, interim Wyoming State Forester Kelly Norris testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding the federal response to wildfires, as well as issues in federal wildland fire ..read more
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What a week it’s been celebrating forest products!
National Association of State Foresters
by Whitney Forman-Cook
1y ago
By Russell Bozeman, Mississippi state forester and NASF Forest Markets Committee chair In honor of National Forest Products Week, we’ve been celebrating the value of forest products and their contributions to society. Since 1960, the week-long celebration (beginning on the third Sunday of October) has been observed across our nation. President Dwight Eisenhower was the first U.S. president to recognize this week and every president since (including President Joe Biden) has followed suit. Why use forest products? From the cardboard boxes used to ship online orders across the world, to the ..read more
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Now accepting nominations for 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Awards
National Association of State Foresters
by Emilie Austin
1y ago
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to invite nominations for 2023 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.  Established in 2014, the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards program recognizes outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. By honoring the achievements of awardees, the program sponsors seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are jointly sponsored by NASF, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association ..read more
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