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Friday, October 21, 2011
A federal appeals court today upheld a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States, a ruling hailed by environmentalists as one of the most significant in decades. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule law after...
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, got off the ground this week as the final implementation rules were published in the Federal Register. The USDA Forest Service program provides funding assistance for local governments, Indian tribes and qualified nonprofits to...
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Forest Stewardship Council is coordinating the development of an FSC-US National Risk Assessment for Controlled Wood (CW). A CW Working Group is being formed to develop and provide recommendations to the FSC-US Board regarding all parts of the National Risk Assessment. The chamber-balanced working group will be...
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A group of twenty-six state Attorneys General joined forest owners and industry groups in filing briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that rainwater runoff from forest roads used for timber harvest is a "point source" of water pollution under the Clean Water Act.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
NASF joined the National Fire Protection Association and members of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to bring wildfire safety messages to a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on October 11 during Fire Prevention week. Said panelist Jim Karels, Florida State Forester and chair of NASF's Fire...
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A congressional hearing held at the Texas State Capitol this week aired anger from Texans at the federal response to the more than 24,000 wildfires sparked across the state since the beginning of fire season. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Forest Service said their agencies will review Rep...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
FM Global, a private insurance corporation, is offering financial support to organizations working to combat fire. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts,...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) has announced the posting of the U.S. Forest Service 2012 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. Applications are due to grants.gov by December 1, 2011. For more information, contact Nancy Stremple U.S. Forest Service, Urban and...
Friday, October 14, 2011
NASF recently signed on to a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging members to reject disproportionate cuts to Farm Bill programs as a part of any deficit reduction plan and consider the combined impact of the Farm Bill and the annual agricultural appropriations process. Mandatory farm bill...
Friday, October 14, 2011
The National Wetlands Awards Program is calling for nomincations of individuals who have demonstrated  excellence in wetlands conservation. Awards are offered in six categories: conservation and restoration; education and outreach; landowner stewardship; science research; state, tribal, and local program development;...

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