USDA Forest Service

Upcoming Senate EPW Hearing

By Parker Jones

On Wednesday October 23, 2017, Wyoming State Forester and NASF immediate past president Bill Crapser will testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.

The hearing will consider new legislation introduced by Chairman Barrasso, “The Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017.” The Bill provides streamlining planning requirements in order to facilitate more active management on federal forests. 

State, federal forest management agencies increase collaboration under Good Neighbor Authority

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that federal and state forest management officials signed a Good Neighbor Authority agreement, a tool to improve forest health, including efforts to suppress the unprecedented southern pine beetle epidemic that includes nearly 4,000 infestation spots on four ranger districts.

NASF Annual Report

The NASF Annual Report highlights accomplishments by the nation's 59 State Foresters and their staffs to advance policy, communications, and operations priorities that help protect and enhance America's "green infrastructure": trees.

Agriculture Secretary Perdue Names New Forest Service Chief

WASHINGTON (August 21, 2017)—Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named Tony Tooke the next Chief of the USDA Forest Service. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) congratulates Chief Tooke on his appointment and gives thanks to outgoing Chief Thomas Tidwell for his leadership and service. Chief Tidwell announced his retirement on August 18 and will retire September 1.

Virginia Department of Forestry Signs Good Neighbor Authority Agreement

The USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) have signed a Good Neighbor Authority master agreement that provides a framework for cooperative efforts that enhance national forestlands and their watersheds.  With this agreement, the two agencies will now partner to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the national forestlands in Virginia.