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Fiscal Year 2013-2014 National Association of State Foresters Annual Report

Read the NASF Annual ReportThe 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

Profound Changes Happening to Montana's Water Supply

The climate of the northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists say climate change is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.

Montana is warmer, and spring's melt starts earlier.

California Drought Costing State $2.2 Billion

A new study shows California's historic drought will cost the state $2.2 billion in this year alone and result in the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.
 
The research, by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences also reports:
  • The drought in 2014 will result in a 6.6 million acre-foot reduction in surface water available to agriculture.
  • This surface water loss will be partially replaced by increasing groundwater pumping by 5 million acre-feet, at a cost of $454 million.

Trees Help Keep Your Drinking Water Safe and Clean

Did you know that well managed natural forests help provide cleaner drinking water to urban communities?
 
A report by the USDA Forest Service states nearly 80 percent of the nation’s freshwater originates from forestland. That crisp taste of fresh water is made possible by healthy forests, and when forests are neglected or destroyed it tampers with the quality of our water supply.
 

NASF Letter: Tidwell - Comment on Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protections

Dear Chief Tidwell:

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System Lands (79 Fed. Reg. 25824) promulgated by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service).

100,000 Poplars to Slurp Up Discharged Wastewater

100,000 fast-growing poplar trees will filter nutrient-laden water from a wastewater treatment plant in Missoula. 

The water has already gone through the plant’s disinfection and clarification process, and is legal to be dumped back in the Clark Fork River. But the trees will use up the remaining phosphorus and nitrogen that otherwise might stimulate algae growth and choke trout.

Request for Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Define Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act

NASF and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture request the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extend the comment period for the agencies’ Proposed Rule Defining “Waters of the United States” ("WOTUS") Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which was published on April 21, 2014.

Increased wildfires threaten drinking supply

Water managers are showing increased interest in mitigating the impacts of fire on their source watersheds as wildfires continue to increase.  The combination of drought, wildfire, and flood seen especially in the west mean that blackened soil and other fire remains accumulate in nearby valleys, clogging and contaminating drinking water.

State foresters to receive grants to restore forests on degraded mined land areas

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas.  Sites will span Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in

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