USDA Forest Service

State and Private Forestry Report Highlights Accomplishments and Emerging Trends in Forestry

Analysis of Forest Action Plan Five-Year Reviews Illustrates Impacts of Strong Partnerships and Effective Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has released the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report which includes success stories and an overview of emerging issues and trends that were recently identified by the state forestry agencies.

2016 State and Private Forestry Report

Trees and forests form a major portion of the green infrastructure in the United States. However, healthy forests do not happen by chance and require investments of dollars, time and expertise. The 2016 State and Private Forestry report illustrates how the Forest Action Plans are helping state forestry agencies and their partners achieve national conservation priorities for America's "natural capital", trees.

Read About this Week's Good Neighbor Authority Tour with Senator Baldwin

This week Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin toured an active logging site in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to highlight the importance of Good Neighbor Authority. The tour included members from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the forest products industry, and local loggers.

Secretary Vilsack Announces 2016 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Signed in Michigan

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the two agencies are completing another step toward implementation of the Good Neighbor Authority in the state. The parties are signing three Supplemental Project Agreements (SPAs) for timber sale work on the Hiawatha, Huron-Manistee and Ottawa National Forests.

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Signed in Montana

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed an agreement with the USDA Forest Service this week for the state to play a bigger role in forest management on federal lands, which officials say will speed up backlogged logging projects.

With the Chessman Reservoir as a backdrop, Bullock, Forest Service Regional Forester Leanne Marten and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Director John Tubbs signed the Good Neighbor Authority agreement, which was authorized under the 2014 federal Farm Bill.

Announcing the 2016 Smokey Bear Award Winners

Along with its partners at the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council, NASF is pleased to announce the 2016 National Smokey Bear Awards winners.

Since 1957, this prestigious awards program has recognized organizations and individuals for outstanding service to prevent wildfires. The awardees have demonstrated significant impact at the national level (Gold), multi-state level (Silver), and statewide level (Bronze). These awards remind us of the hard work that all Americans can do to reduce the threat of human­ caused wildfires.

Congress debates the future of wildfire funding and forest management

As wildfires burn in the West, debate on wildfire suppression funding has heated up in the nation’s capital. Even though the portion of the US Forest Service budget dedicated to fire suppression has been increasing steadily, these funds are routinely exhausted before the fire season ends. As such, the Forest Service must borrow from its other programs to fight fires, such as those meant to actively manage forests and prevent future fires.