Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:14pm
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.
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...
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 “...
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 1:57pm
Dear Members of Congress:
For years the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) have “robbed from Peter to pay Paul,” by transferring money out of vital agency programs and services in order to fund wildfire suppression costs. This practice is negatively affecting land management programs including those that decrease long-term wildfire risk and costs.
The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875...
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 2:45pm
Dear Secretary Jewell and Secretary Vilsack:
On behalf of the National Association of State Foresters I would like to thank you for your continued support of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (“Cohesive Strategy”). The National Association of State Foresters supports the final phase, Phase III, of the development of the Cohesive Strategy. As we move into implementation it is important to note that this national, multiyear interagency collaborative effort is different from...
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 10:54am
The National Association of State Foresters is comprised of the heads of the state forestry agencies in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. State foresters directly manage some 63.1 million acres of publicly‐owned land and provide technical and financial assistance to more than 10 million family forest landowners who are the stewards of 264 million acres of forest land. State forestry agencies also provide wildland fire protection and forest...
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:48am
Dear Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member Moran,
Dear Chairman Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby, Chairman Reed, and Ranking Member Murkowski,
The undersigned organizations, members of the Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus, write to urge you to address the vexing issue of wildfire suppression funding in fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations. We respectfully request that the Committee correct this wildfire suppression funding issue by...
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),...
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.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:34am
Dear Chief Tidwell,
We are writing to first thank you for your continued leadership in promoting wood as a green building material. We ask that you renew your commitment to this effort by investing $1 million in your FY2015 budget for a partnership between WoodWorks and the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory to bring products to market especially in the nonresidential building sector.
As you know, our diverse group of organizations is united around the idea that increasing the use of...