Conservation of private and public forestland is of critical importance to NACD. Modern challenges - including invasive species, pests, and disease - have taken their toll on our forests; but we're here to help change that.
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NACD is actively engaged with Congress and federal agencies to address barriers to forest health nationwide. One of the primary ways NACD keeps our district members and partners in the know when it comes to the latest in forest policy and management is Forestry Notes, a monthly publication NACD produces in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. To view past issues of Forestry Notes or to subscribe to the publication, click here.

For the latest Forestry Notes feature stories, head over to NACD’s blog or click the photo of the most recent edition.

To watch and listen to NACD forestry webinars, go here, and to see a calendar of NACD forestry events, click here. NACD periodically submits comments on rules that affect forest management, as well as letters to Congress on forestry-related issues. You can access those communications by heading over to NACD’s Newsroom.


Forest Health and Wildfires: The Role of Conservation Districts |PDF| The frequency and intensity of wildfires has increased across the United States almost like clockwork. In their wake, these fires leave deteriorated soils, increased flooding risk, unproductive forests, and communities forced to rebuild. Knowing the best work is done locally, NACD, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, conducted five forest health listening sessions across the western United States. This white paper chronicles the voices of district officials and partners who participated in these sessions.

Friends of the Forest |PDF| In 2016, NACD released the findings of its comprehensive survey of conservation district forestry activity. This 32-page booklet highlights the findings and includes a collection of forestry success stories from around the country.

Community Wildfire Desk Guide |PDF| and Toolkit |PDF| The NACD Community Wildfire Desk Guide and Toolkit are designed to be simple aids for use by conservation districts, resource conservation and development councils, and extension professionals. The desk guide details strategic activities these stakeholders can use prior to, during, and after wildfire; while the toolkit provides real world examples and thorough explanations of these activities.

Woody Biomass Desk Guide and Toolkit |PDF| Designed for use by conservation districts, resource conservation and development councils, and extension professionals throughout the United States, this guide and toolkit provides an overview of woody biomass production and utilization nationwide, tips for public outreach, and educational handouts to share with clientele.

Forest Landowner Natural Disaster Desk Guide and Toolkit |PDF| The Forest Landowner Natural Disaster Desk Guide and Toolkit is designed to be used by forest landowners as they develop disaster plans for reducing the amount of salvage timber products and biomass generated by a natural disaster. It also includes strategies to reduce the response and recovery time – and therefore expenses incurred – before and after a natural disaster.


The Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG) advises NACD leadership on forest issues relevant to America’s conservation districts and their partners. One way to keep up with the Forestry RPG is to follow Forestry Notes on Facebook.

The members of NACD’s Forestry RPG are: Chair Steve Hedstrom of Montana, Charles Holmes of Alabama, Doug Rushton of Washington, Orval Gigstad of Nebraska, Tom Crowe of Indiana, Joe Smith of Massachusetts, Jennifer Hinkhouse of Wyoming, John McAlpine of Arkansas, Gary Blair of Mississippi, NCDEA representative Rick Reimer of Minnesota, and NASCA representative Cindy Lair of Colorado.

Our Forestry Partners

The Forest Service Cooperative Forestry staff works with states, private landowners, and other partners to promote healthy forests and livable communities throughout the United States. Their programs and partnerships help private landowners and rural communities care for their forests and strengthen local economies.

For more information, go here.

NRCS provides federal leadership in a partnership effort to help America’s private land owners and managers conserve their natural resources. NRCS provides both technical forestry and agroforestry practice standards, as well as financial assistance through a number of conservation programs.

For more information, go here.

NASF is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of all 50 state forestry agencies, the eight U.S. territories (American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, Paiau, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the District of Columbia.

For more information, go here.

The National Agroforestry Center accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. The center conducts research, develops technologies and tools, coordinates demonstrations and trainings, and provides useful information to natural resources professionals.

For more information, go here.

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth in preschool through 12th grade. PLT is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the U.S. and abroad. Many conservation district employees are among the 3,000 grassroots volunteers who have helped train more than 500,000 educators in using PLT materials, and reach approximately 26 million students. PLT materials are aligned with state and national education standards.

For more information, go here.

The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with families, teachers, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage.

For more information, go here.

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