National Association of State Foresters (NASF)
NASF is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in the U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. The NASF mission is to discuss, develop, sponsor and promote programs and activities which will advance the practice of sustainable forestry, the conservation and protection of forest lands and associated resources and the establishment and protection of forests in the urban environment.
NASF works with three affiliated regional organizations - the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF), the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF), and the Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) - which are focused on the specific regional priorities of state forestry agencies.
NASF supports legislation that includes new and expanded funding for climate adaptation activities across the nation's federal and non-federal forests. NASF is one of the founding members of the Forest Climate Working Group, a diverse coalition representing the forest products industry, conservation and wildlife groups, foresters, private forest owners, academics, and carbon finance groups.
The Association has developed Forest Action Plans, state-specific strategies for forest lands which, collectively, represent the first-ever strategic plan for the nation's forests. The impetus for this effort grew out of landmark changes in the 2008 Farm Bill, when Congress tasked the states and territories to generate assessments of the forests within their boundaries and develop strategies to address threats and improve forest health. The resulting Statewide Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies, or Forest Action Plans, provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends and delineate priority forest landscape areas.
Phone: (202) 624-5415
- Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF)
- Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF)
- Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF)