State Foresters Release 2018 Farm Bill Priorities

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2017)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF), composed of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia, has unveiled its Farm Bill policy priorities.

The Farm Bill, on track to be reauthorized in 2018, will include important conservation provisions that help state forestry agencies carry out their missions to conserve, protect, and enhance America’s trees and forests.  Of all of the priorities being considered by Congress, State Foresters hope this important legislation will rise to the top of the list.  The Farm Bill is a unique opportunity for federal actions that enhance the ability of forestry professionals to bolster rural prosperity through mangement of forests, our nation’s greatest renewable resource.

Formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, the current legislation includes various “titles”, particularly the Forestry Title, which help NASF’s members combat forest threats such as invasive species and wildfire. NASF encourages members of Congress to strengthen the forestry-related policies in the next Farm Bill to help protect America’s forests and their many public benefits: jobs, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, places to recreate, and wood products.

“We look forward to working with our partners and members of Congress to ensure the Farm Bill includes strong forestry provisions. Investments in forestry will help enhance rual America and allow State Foresters to continue their work to conserve and protect America’s green infrastructure: trees,” said Wyoming State Forester and NASF President Bill Crapser.

Through its Farm Bill policy platform, State Foresters urge leaders in Congress to prioritize the following issues:

  • Enhancement of public and private forest management;
  • Growth of community trees and public support for forestry;
  • Protection of forests from threats;
  • Expanded and diversified forest markets;
  • A strengthened role of State Foresters and Forest Action Plans.

Download the new NASF Farm Bill policy platform.

Contact: NASF Communications Director Amanda Cooke at acooke@stateforesters.org or 202-624-5417.

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The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) represents State and Territorial Forester interests by influencing forest policy and leading efforts to optimize social, economic, and environmental benefits of trees and forests. Learn more at www.stateforesters.org and www.forestactionplans.org.

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