Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

Forest action plans provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends in your area.

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Register for the 2015 Annual Meeting

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Registration is live for the 2015 annual meeting in Lake Tahoe, California. With over 33 million acres of forestland, eight state forests, 1.5 million acres covered by forest stewardship plans, an average of 7,400 annual wildfires, and where adaptation to drought, forest pest and disease infestation, and year round fire seasons is all occurring, California is a perfect place for a forestry gathering. This year’s theme is Adapting to Change.  

Customize Your 2016 Smokey Bear Planner

2016 planner cover
NASF is now accepting pre-orders for custom covers of our best-selling planner. The pre-orders will ship to customers beginning in October 2015.

Protecting Water Quality with BMPs

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The latest research finds that forestry best management practices (BMPs) are effective measures implemented to protect water quality. Read NASF's report on BMPs and click through the interactive map detailing practices in each state.

Funding Wildfire Disasters

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During the past three fiscal years the USDA Forest Service was forced to transfer more than $1 billion from programs within the agency to pay for fighting wildfires. In the same three years the Department of the Interior transferred nearly $60 million to cover the cost of fighting fires. The bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would change how the federal government budgets for wildland fire suppression to eliminate the need to transfer funds from critical forest conservation and management programs.

Smokey Bear Materials

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We sell educational materials to support the conservation education and fire prevention efforts of educators, foresters, fire departments, and other partners. Our store includes products such as our best-selling Smokey Bear pocket planner, a nature journal, bookmarks, rulers, and temporary tattoos. Be sure to check out our Smokey Bear poster series, too!

Appropriations Recommendations

United States Capitol Building
NASF supports the suite of USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry (S&PF) programs which help bolster America’s economy and environment. State Foresters provide a cost-effective boots-on-the-ground network to deliver federal programs and use Forest Action Plans to target resources where they are needed most.

Forests in the Farm Bill

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The 2014 Farm Bill was the best yet for forests, and the National Association of State Foresters helped ensure that the final bill addressed many of our key priorities. The Farm Bill has an important role to play in ensuring that America’s private forests continue to provide nature's benefits that every American benefits from, as well as meeting the challenges and threats facing the nation’s private forests.

Our Foundation

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The NASF Foundation supports educational initiatives that foster leadership for current and future members of the state forestry community including our photography fellowship and internship program.