Established in 1920, the National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization composed 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. State forestry agencies in cooperation with federal agencies are the primary delivery system for forestry activities. Learn more about NASF`s membership in the latest state forestry agency statistics survey.
To achieve our mission, NASF relies on the power of policy, communications and partnerships.
A state forester is the state government employee who 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 a department of agriculture, conservation or other natural resources agency. Some state forestry agencies are part of a university system.
State forestry agencies provide fire control, prevention, protection and fuels management; provide landowner assistance and outreach; manage forests and operate timber sale programs; engage in forest health and invasive species activities; manage urban and community forestry efforts; offer conservation education; and have oversight for compliance, regulatory, monitoring, and policy development activities related to natural resource management.
Though primarily responsible for forests on state and privately owned lands, state foresters also work with federal agency partners such as the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.