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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 2:55pm
Dear Chief Tidwell: This past spring, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service (USFS) – International Programs, submitted an event proposal to the World Forest Congress (WFC), convening this year in Durban, South Africa, September 7 – 11. Specifically, our proposal focused on how unique, multi-collaborative stakeholder efforts have made the USFS Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) a truly successful collaborative effort and a program worthy...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 2:25pm
Dear Sir/Madam,   The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) submits these comments in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed regulation to revise and clarify 50 CFR 424.14 regarding petitions for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (80 Fed. Reg. 29286). NASF 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...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 2:19pm
Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Wyden:   The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) writes to commend your leadership for holding a hearing on the National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 1691). State Foresters have a strong interest in the health and productivity of all forests – public and private. NASF is concerned that the current level of active management on USDA Forest Service (USFS) National Forest System (NFS) lands is insufficient to address the scope,...
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Monday, July 6, 2015 - 11:45am
March 16, 2015 Dear Sir/Madam: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) submits these comments in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) publication of a proposed rule under authority of section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to provide conservation measures for the northern long-eared bat. (80 Fed. Reg. 2371). We understand that this proposal and the conservation measures outlined therein would only take effect if the USFWS determines that a threatened...
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Monday, July 6, 2015 - 11:41am
February 9, 2015 Dear Mr. Donnay, The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) Information Collection: Good Neighbor Agreement With State Cooperators, 79 Fed. Reg. 73026 (Dec. 9, 2014). NASF 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 more than 63 million acres of publicly owned land and...
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Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:58am
April 24, 2015 Dear Mr. El-Lissy, On behalf of all of the State Foresters in the United States, I want to thank Agency Administrator Kevin Shea, you, and the APHIS leadership team for hosting the meeting with me and other members of the forest sector on March 25. It was a most productive discussion of our shared interests in protecting the health of the nation’s forests. As you know, the National Association of State Foresters has been a strong partner of APHIS for many years. We believe the...
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Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:51am
May 22, 2015 Dear Director Donovan,  The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) writes to urge swift review and approval of the Information Collection: Good Neighbor Agreements with State Cooperators (80 Fed. Reg. 12144, March 6, 2015) by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). NASF represents the heads of the state forestry agencies in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. State foresters have a long history of working with federal partners to...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:27am
Dear Mr. Donnay: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) Information Collection: Good Neighbor Agreement With State Cooperators, 79 Fed. Reg. 73026 (Dec. 9, 2014). NASF 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 more than 63 million acres of publicly owned land and administer technical...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:20am
Dear Chairman McClintock and Ranking Member Tsongas: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) writes to commend you for your work to identify and address the barriers to increasing the pace and scale of active forest management on National Forest System (NFS) lands managed by the USDA Forest Service (USFS). NASF 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 more than 63...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:15am
Dear Secretary Vilsack: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) writes to thank you for your efforts to implement the 2014 Farm Bill. We hope you will continue to aggressively implement these authorities and explore new and better ways to accomplish more work on the ground. State foresters deliver technical and financial assistance to private forests – which account for roughly two-thirds of the nation’s forests – and have a long history of working with federal partners to...

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