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tbeckman
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:01am
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). NASF represents the directors of state forestry agencies from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State forestry agencies have primary...
acooke
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:25pm
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. We urged the agencies to extend the comment period for at least an additional 90 days or 90 days after EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) finalizes its report on the “...
tbeckman
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:26am
Dear Chairwoman Stabenow, Senator Cochran, Chairman Lucas, and Ranking Member Peterson: We write to express our support to retain without amendment the Silvicultural Activities provision in the final version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642 -- the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, in. The House of Representatives added this provision to the bill by unanimous voice vote. The provision is identical to bipartisan legislation, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act (H.R. 2026),...
tbeckman
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:33pm
The undersigned organizations represent state agencies charged with implementation of the Clean Water Act, and protection of natural resources, fish, wildlife, forests, floodplains and the environment.  We appreciate the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) effort to prepare the September 2013 draft report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.  We are pleased to offer the following shared perspectives.  First,...
tbeckman
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:33pm
The undersigned organizations represent state agencies charged with implementation of the Clean Water Act, and protection of natural resources, fish, wildlife, forests, floodplains and the environment.  We appreciate the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) effort to prepare the September 2013 draft report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.  We are pleased to offer the following shared perspectives.  First,...
gosullivan
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 2:48pm
Dear Senator Crapo and Senator Wyden: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates your efforts to solidify the role of the longstanding state-based Best Management Practices (BMP) programs for managing nonpoint source discharges from forest roads. NASF’s members include the directors of all state and territorial forestry agencies and the District of Columbia. State Foresters have primary responsibility for administering forestry BMP programs designed to address nonpoint...
gosullivan
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 2:45pm
Dear Congresswoman Herrera Beutler and Congressman Schrader: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates your efforts to solidify the role of the longstanding state-based Best Management Practices (BMP) programs for managing nonpoint source discharges from forest roads. NASF’s members include the directors of all state and territorial forestry agencies and the District of Columbia. State Foresters have primary responsibility for administering forestry BMP programs designed to...
tbeckman
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 1:21pm
Dear Mr. Bauer: The Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) and the National Association of State Foresters (NASF)2 appreciate the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA’s) notice of proposed rulemaking to revise stormwater regulations to specify that a Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is not required for stormwater discharges from logging roads under Phase I of the stormwater program. Our...
gosullivan
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 2:57pm
ORIGIN OF RESOLUTION: NASF Forest Resource Management Committee ISSUE OF CONCERN: Silvicultural and related forestry activities such as logging, road building, log hauling, site preparation and vegetative control continue to be challenged by interest groups and frequently the challenge is carried out in court using the provisions of the federal Clean Water Act as justification. State forestry agencies take the lead in developing and encouraging the use of forestry best management practices to...

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