Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

Forest action plans provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends in your area.

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Map: BMPs Recommendations by State

BMPs photo by Leslie Robertson
State forestry agency best management practices are protecting our nation’s water. Explore state recommendations in this new interactive map. Click on a state to view the latest state recommendations for BMPs implementation and to view the research results from a study conducted by a team of researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

New Report: Protecting Water Quality with BMPs

Foresters during harvest
BMPs are effective, affordable, and practical measures implemented to protect water quality when undertaking silvicultural activities. Forestry BMPs have been evaluated, tested, revised, and adapted over time by each state. 

Funding Wildfire Disasters

wildland firefighter Montana
During the past three fiscal years the USDA Forest Service was forced to transfer more than $1 billion from programs within the agency to pay for fighting wildfires. In the same three years the Department of the Interior transferred nearly $60 million to cover the cost of fighting fires. The bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would change how the federal government budgets for wildland fire suppression to eliminate the need to transfer funds from critical forest conservation and management programs.

Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations

United States Capitol Building
NASF supports the suite of USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry (S&PF) programs which help bolster America’s economy and environment. S&PF programs leverage state and private investments to protect the nearly 500 million acres of non-federal forestland in the United States, which comprise most of the nation’s forestland. State Foresters provide a cost-effective boots-on-the-ground network to deliver federal programs and use Forest Action Plans to target resources where they are needed most.

Smokey Bear Materials

The National Association of State Foresters sells educational materials to support the conservation education and fire prevention efforts of educators, foresters, fire departments, and other partners. Our store includes products such as our best-selling Smokey Bear Pocket Planner, a nature journal, bookmarks, rulers, and temporary tattoos. Be sure to check out our Smokey Bear poster series, too!

Forests in the Farm Bill

The agricultural act of 2014—known as the Farm Bill—was the best yet for forests and the National Association of State Foresters helped ensure that the final bill addressed many of our key priorities. The Farm Bill has an important role to play in ensuring that America’s private forests continue to provide nature's benefits that every American benefits from, as well as meeting the challenges and threats facing the nation’s private forests.

NASF Foundation

NASF Foundation photo by Leslie Robertson
The National Association of State Foresters' Foundation supports educational initiatives that foster leadership for current and future members of the state forestry community including our photography fellowship and internship program.

Urban and Community Forestry

Urban forest in New York City
Trees of all shapes and sizes make up the “green infrastructure” of our communities, and provide environmental, social and economic solutions to more than 80 percent of the population of the United States. A healthy urban forest can help solve many pressing national and community issues. We have a strong incentive to nurture our urban and community forests to safeguard their continued contributions to the health, safety, energy security and quality of life of the nation’s citizens.