Current Issues

Current Forestry Issues

NASF supports the suite of USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry (S&PF) and other priority programs which help bolster America’s economy and environment. S&PF and other programs leverage state and private investments to protect...

State Foresters know that the Farm Bill is a unique opportunity to support rural America’s economic backbone and improve the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing support for America’s trees and forests.

Formally known as the...

The current level of active management on federal forestlands fails to address increasing forest health and economic issues. The present policy leaves federal agencies unable to implement management activities outlined in their approved forest...

The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program is the nation's only comprehensive forest inventory system for assessing the health and sustainability of the nation's forests across all ownerships.

The 1998 Farm Bill mandated the USDA...

The urban forest is the tree canopy cover above every neighborhood, town, and city in the United States. Trees are a part of community green infrastructure and provide environmental, social and economic benefits to all urban dwellers.

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It is estimated that more than 50 percent of the nation’s drinking water originates from forested landscapes. The health, well-being and management of forests have profound effects on water quality and quantity.  As a result state forestry...

Nowadays it is always wildfire season somewhere in the United States. In 2016, more than 67,000 wildfires burned more than 5.5 million acres of land in the United States. 

State Foresters are responsible for wildfire protection on two...

Well-managed forests throughout the United States provide important habitat to a host of wildlife species, including threatened and endangered species.

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has supported the goal of protecting...