NASF Applauds Federal Excess Property Resolution

NASF Applauds Federal Excess Property Resolution
Decision is a Relief to State Agencies Which Rely on
Transferred Equipment to Combat Wildfire

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) applauds yesterday’s decision to fully restore transfers under the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) and the Firefighter Property Program (FFP) for wildland firefighting.

Wildland Fire Center Helps Air Force Reduce Threat from Fire

More than 1,000 wildland fires occur on Air Force lands each year, a threat which has lead to the development of the Wildland Fire Center (WFC).

WFC, part of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, was established July 2012 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The center provides guidance, expertise and oversight required by the Air Force and its installations to manage wildland fire risk and sustain the Air Force mission nationwide.

Learn About How Wildlife Cope with Wildfire

Many animals and other organisms have evolved to cope with—and even thrive in the wake of—the flames.
"Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire", ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan of Ohio State University told National Geographic. "Fire is a natural part of these landscapes."
For instance, some predators see the fleeing species as an opportunity for snacking. Bears, raccoons, and raptors, for instance, have been seen hunting animals trying to escape the flames. 

Bill Kaage Named Chief of National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management

Bill Kaage has been named chief of the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. He succeeds Tom Nichols, who retired on January 31, 2014.

As the Chief, Kaage is responsible for the overall leadership, policy and program direction for the aviation, structural fire, and wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service.

He will administer a budget that exceeds $90 million in fire and aviation funding for the Service.

Save the Date: NASF, Partners to Launch Wildfire Mitigation Award

The National Association of State Foresters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Fire Protection Association are pleased to announce that the Wildfire Mitigation Awards will launch in 2015. The call for nominations open at the NASF Annual Meeting in September 2014. 

Letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Federal Excess Property

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) welcomes today’s letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to completely resolve the federal excess property impasse.  

The Senate letter emphasized the importance of federal excess property to state foresters and our partners in responding to wildfire and protecting life and property in communities across the nation. 

NASF Statement on Federal Excess Property

National Association of State Foresters Urges Decision to Fully Free Up Federal Excess Property

State Agencies Rely on Transferred Equipment to Effectively and Efficiently Combat Wildfire

Read the Story Behind Smokey Bear's Hat

The hat seen at the right belonged to a National Forest Service illustrator named Harry Rossoll, and thus to Smokey Bear.

When it Comes to Wildfire Response, Federal Excess Property is a Critical Resource

The recent decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to halt further transfer of excess trucks, generators, pumps, and engine parts will cost states and local fire departments the opportunity to utilize excess equipment to protect lives and property from wildfire.

There are two major federal excess property programs for state foresters:

1. Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP)