A summary of the policy position resolutions approved by the NASF members at the 2014 NASF Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Role of State and Local Government in Wildfire Response and Management
This resolution addresses the need to reinforce the mission, roles, responsibilities, and importance of state and local government in wildland fire response and management, and ensure adequate federal funding and logistical support.
Lying along the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, the 53,500-acre San Juan Bay Estuary watershed is the heart of the expanding and densely populated San Juan metropolitan area. The 2010 U.S. Census estimated the population of the area at 2,478,905, with a population density of 3,215 people a square kilometer (about half a square mile), and in some places over 8,300 people a square kilometer.
Since 2008, our partner the Arbor Day Foundation has worked with State Foresters to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the United States. Through our partnership, and with support from Arbor Day Foundation members and supporters, we can provide funding for seedlings in forests recovering from fire, storms, disease, and other threats. Since the beginning of this reforestation partnership, we have worked together to fund and plant more than 16 million trees.
The National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) FY 2013-2014 annual report is more than just an update on association accomplishments. It is a testament to what engaged State Foresters, hard-working staff, and supportive partners did to help keep America’s working forests working. Our work has real impact far beyond the beltway.
The American Southwest faces a dry and dusty forecast, with a 90 percent chance of a decade-long drought searing southern regions of Arizona and New Mexico this century, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.
The drought risk for southern portions of California and Nevada is nearly as great, with an 80 percent chance of a decade-long drought by 2100. California is already in the midst of an extreme drought. In 2014, the water shortage is expected to cost the state a total of $2.2 billion, including agricultural losses.
Longleaf pine forests now cover 3.3 million acres in the United States, up from a low of 2.8 million acres. Similarly, the acreage of longleaf- dominated forestland has increased to 4.2 million acres, up from 3.9 million acres.
While these gains may seem small, this upward trend illustrates the importance of strong science, and smart, collaborative conservation.
Restoring the health of longleaf pine forests is critically important in a state like Texas.
California's record drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey.
The lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage. California is traditionally one of the largest honey producers in the United States.
"Our honey crop is severely impacted by the drought, and it does impact our bottom line as a business," said Gene Brandi, a beekeeper in California's Central Valley.
Scientists and biologists across Idaho and other Western states fear the aspen tree may someday vanish.
Over the past 100 years, the number of aspen trees across Eastern Idaho has declined by an estimated 60 percent, according to the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group (EIAWG).
Similarly, Arizona has lost 90 percent of its aspen population over the past century. Since 2007, Colorado lost about 13 percent of its aspens, which the U.S. Forest Service says was due to excessive drought.
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, first discovered in December at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is destroying coconut trees and the associated economy.
The insect bores holes in the leaves, damaging and killing the trees, and work crews have removed 150 sick trees to prevent the spread.
“(This will have) large-scale landscape-changing effects on the state...It affects palm trees. Picture Waikiki with half the trees that are there now," said Rob Curtiss with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
The Nature Conservancy, along with PNM, Avalon Trust, Wells Fargo and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, is launching a new fundraising effort to help thin the Cibola National Forest in an effort to prevent damage to the area’s water supply.The thinning project will take place in a section of the forest near Sandia Park.
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