Learn about the Wildland Fire Decision Support System

Moose Creek district ranger Joe Hudson and Byron Bonney, retired fire staff officer, worked together in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest to make better tactical decisions for the Johnson Bar Fire.

Smokey Bear Storybook App Launched During Fire Prevention Week

The first-ever Smokey Bear storybook app called "Smokey Bear and the Campfire Kids" was launched this week as is available for download at www.smokeybearapps.com.

Created by digital agency HelpsGood, the app was released during this week's Fire Prevention Week.

A portion of all proceeds goes back into the Smokey Bear education campaign managed by NASF, the Ad Council, and the USDA Forest Service.

Fall Wildfire Season Begins October 15 in Virginia

Fall wildfire season is here and officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry want to keep you and your family safe from the ravages of wildfire.

State Forester Bettina Ring said, “Preventing a wildfire from ever starting is critical to the safety and security of our citizens. And, since most wildfires (96 percent) in Virginia are caused by human activity, if people are careful and pay attention to weather conditions, they can keep themselves and their property safe by not letting a wildfire start.”

Smokey Bear Inducted into Advertising Week Walk of Fame

Two of the Ad Council’s most historic public service advertising (PSA) campaigns were voted by the public as a “Favorite Advertising Icon” and “Favorite Advertising Slogan,” as part of Advertising Week 2014.

Winning the contest will put Smokey Bear in the Advertising Walk of Fame alongside Madison Avenue. 

2014 NASF Resolutions

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. 

Forest Health Strategic Plan

Climate Change May Add Billions to Wildfire Costs

A new study is part of an ongoing project by three groups to examine what it calls the missing risks, such as wildfires, that climate change can make more expensive. The groups are the Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

2014 Annual Report

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. 

Opinion: Congress should do more to protect the country from wildfires

Entering the final month of an intense wildfire season that has set the American West ablaze, with more than 17,000 wildfires across 2.3 million acres, Congress must recognize that its model for wildfire suppression is broken.

Agriculture Sectretary Vilsack on Skyrocketing Wildfire Costs

Over the past 20 years, a changing climate, population growth near forests and rangelands, and the buildup of brush and other fuels have dramatically increased the severity of wildfires and the damage that they cause to our natural lands and communities.