Climate Change

2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved on September 15, 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.

Resolution 2015-01—Tax Reform. This resolution adopts the policy statement, “Tax Policy and its Relationship to Managing and Protecting the Nation’s Forest Resource.”            

Policy Statement 2015-01—Tax Reform. This policy statement was adopted by resolution 2015-01.

2015 NASF Annual Report

The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.

What does climate change mean for tropical island forests?

A new Climate Change Resource Center topic page summarizes some of the climate change impacts and management considerations for tropical island forests managed in part by the United States.

Authors from the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and International Institute of Tropical Forestry partnered to create this online resource.

Vermont Produces Guide on Adapting Forests to Climate Change

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released a guidebook last month on adapting forests for climate changes.
 
The guidebook, titled "Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change," was written with the purpose of supplementing current forest management planning and practices with forest-adaptation strategies that are more relevant to the current climate change trends and projections.
 

2012 NASF State Forestry Agency Statistics

Every two years the National Association of State Foresters conducts a survey of its 59 State Forester members. The survey aims to capture key information about the non-federal forestlands in the United States and the role of State Foresters in enhancing their value, representing public interests, and protecting these lands from fire, disease, fragmentation and other resource threats.

The survey includes information about forestry programs, agency budgets, and funding support pertinent to each state and territory.

The Economist: Save Trees to Save the Environment

Worldwide, more than 5m hectares of jungle are being felled or burned down each year. In some countries, notably Indonesia, the situation is getting even worse.

Over time countries trace a “forest transition curve”. They start in poverty with the land covered in trees. As they get richer, they fell the forest and the curve plummets until it reaches a low point when people decide to protect whatever they have left. Then the curve rises as reforestation begins.

University of Michigan Research Forest Added to Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory

A 57-acre research plot at a University of Michigan forest preserve has been added to the Smithsonian Institution's Forest Global Earth Observatory network.
 
The plot will assist in the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The Smithsonian network includes some 4.5 million trees from 8,500 species.