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treetopsConservation of private and public forestland is of critical importance to NACD membership. Modern challenges, including management practices, pests, disease, and resources, have proven to take their toll on our forests.

NACD is actively engaged with Congress and federal agencies to address the growing problem of forest health and how to best address growing problems with our nation's forestland.

Comments and Letters

Wildlife and Forest Health Comments to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and
Environmental Regulation | PDF |

Gary Moyer's Testimony to the Congressional Western Caucus: Seeking State Solutions: Forest Health, Wildfires, and Habitat Protection | PDF | 5/2/13

NACD Support Letter of Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (FRCC) | PDF | 3/26/13

APHIS FY14 Coalition Testimony | PDF | 3/27/13

Comments on the U.S. EPA notice of intent to revise stormwater regulations | PDF | 6/22/12

Forest Health Management Plan | PDF |

Forest Inventory and Analysis | PDF |

State Fire Assistance and Hazardous Fuel Reduction | PDF |


NACD Forestry Resources
Several of the resources listed below have been developed through cooperative agreements with NACD's federal and nonfederal partners. NACD has enjoyed an active working relationship with the U.S. Forest Service for a number of years. Together, we highlight forestry issues of importance to districts and showcase district-related forestry projects and success stories. NACD is also engaged in a cooperative agreement with the Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service to further engage conservation districts in support of the National Fire Plan and the reduction of hazardous fuels on private and public forestlands.

Forestry Booklet - In 2015, 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 and Toolkit - The NACD Community Wildfire Desk Guide and Toolkit are designed to be simple aids for use by conservation districts, Resource Conservation & Development Councils and Extension professionals. The desk guide provides information about activities prior to, during and after wildfire. Toolkit materials interact with and support this information and provide more thorough explanations and examples of activities.

Woody Biomass Desk Guide and Tool Kit - Designed for use by conservation district, Resource Conservation & Development and Extension professionals throughout the U.S, the Woody Biomass Desk Guide and Toolkit provides an overview of woody biomass production and utilization in the U.S., tips of how to provide effective outreach for your clientele, and educational handouts to share with your audiences.

The Forest Landowner Natural Disaster Desk Guide and Tool Kit -The Forest Landowner Natural Disaster Desk Guide and Tool Kit is designed to be used by forest landowners. Its purpose is to provide information and resource material to help forest landowners develop disaster plans for reducing the amount of salvage timber products and biomass generated by a natural disaster. It also addresses ways to reduce the response and recovery time and expense generated from a natural disaster.


Forestry Partners
U.S. Forest Service - Cooperative Forestry - The 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.

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service - 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.

National Association of State Foresters (NASF) - 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. This link provides contact information for the agency responsible for forestry in each state and territory.

USDA 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 training, and provides useful information to natural resource professionals.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) - Project Learning Tree® is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT, a program of the

American Forest Foundation - The American Forest Foundation is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States 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 reaching approximately 26 million students. PLT materials are aligned with state and national education standards.