National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. State Foresters manage and protect state and private forests, which encompass two-thirds of the nation`s forests.
What We Do
A State Forester is a state government employee that oversees and manages the forestry agency, department, or division in their state. Sometimes the forestry department is a stand-alone agency; in other states, forestry falls under the hierarchy of department of agriculture, conservation or other natural resources agency. Some state forestry agencies are part of a university system.
State forestry agencies manage forests and operate timber sale programs; provide fire control, prevention, protection and fuels management; provide landowner assistance and outreach; engage in forest health and invasive species activities; offer conservation education; manage urban and community forestry efforts; and have oversight for compliance, regulatory, monitoring, and policy development activities related to natural resource management.
The mission of the National Association of State Foresters is to represent State and Territorial Forester interests by influencing forest policy and leading efforts to promote healthy and sustainable trees and forests.
State and private lands provide public benefits such as clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and about seventy percent of the nation’s wood supply. The management of these lands across the rural-to-urban spectrum is vital to our nation’s health and economy. State Foresters have the primary authority to help local governments and nearly ten million family forest landowners manage and protect state and private forests under a wide variety of goals and circumstances.
Though primarily responsible for forests on state and privately owned lands, State Foresters continually work with their federal agency partners such as the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.