5 October, 2016
State & Private Forestry Report Highlights Accomplishments & Emerging Trends in Forestry
Analysis of Forest Action Plan Five-Year Reviews Illustrates Impacts of Strong Partnerships and Effective Strategic
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has released the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report
includes success stories and an overview of emerging issues and trends
that were recently identified by the state forestry agencies.
The report, available for download at stateforesters.org
includes an analysis of a recent review of the state forestry agency
strategies and assessments, collectively known as the Forest Action
Plans. The Forest Action Plans,
created more than five years ago, are the strategic roadmap for
America's trees and forests. The 2016 State and Private Forestry report
illustrates how the Forest Action Plans have helped direct limited
resources to priority areas where they are needed most.
forests do not happen by chance and they require investments of
dollars, time and expertise. State forestry agencies and their partners
including the USDA Forest Service are dedicated to working together to
achieve national-level conservation and economic goals that are outlined
in the Forest Action Plans," said Paul DeLong, Wisconsin State Forester
and President of the National Association of State Foresters.
Forest Action Plans offer proactive strategies to conserve, protect and
enhance the trees and forests upon which we all depend. State Foresters
deliver highly effective forestry projects through the USDA Forest
Service's State and Private Forestry program area.
State and Private Forestry Report illustrates many of the impressive
on-the-ground impacts that are a result of strong partnerships,
innovation, and thoughtful, targeted planning," said James Hubbard,
Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry with the USDA Forest
The report, funded
in part by the USDA Forest Service, illustrates just a few of the
accomplishments, new initiatives, and impacts of these collective
efforts. The Forest Action Plan five-year reviews, totaling more than
1,000 pages of information, were analyzed to identify key
accomplishments and emerging trends in forestry. The analysis was
conducted by Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think
tank that specializes in sustainable forestry.
Partners evaluated the efforts across the country and it is clear that
significant state and private forestry activities, new initiatives, and
on-the-ground outcomes are occurring as a result of more than five years
of Forest Action Plan implementation," said Kathryn Fernholz, Executive
Director for Dovetail Partners.
the recent Forest Action Plan reviews, the State Foresters identified
future areas of focus, need, and opportunities in the following
- Technology, inventory and markets
- Wildfire and the wildland-urban interface
- Forest health
- Urban and community forests
- Landscape-scale partnerships across boundaries
- Ecosystem services
More information is available at www.stateforesters.org/2016-state-private-report. The full report can be downloaded via www.stateforesters.org/sites/default/files/publication-documents/2016_State_and_Private_Forestry_Report.pdf.
Source: Dovetail Partners