Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters

Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters

Conserving Forests across the Northeast and Midwest

"Conservation is the application of common sense to the common problems for the common good.” - Gifford Pinchot

The Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF) membership is comprised of the state forestry agencies from 20 New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern states plus the District of Columbia.

NAASF supports states in efforts to achieve joint forest management, conservation, and protection goals. Working closely with the Northeastern Area region of the USDA Forest Service and other partners, NAASF facilitates regional efforts related to forest health, invasive insects and pests, wildland firefighting, urban forestry, development of best practices for the protection of lands near rivers and lakes, and a variety of other areas.

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News & Announcements

Dovetail Partners Releases 5-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections

Dovetail Partners releases a new report overviewing the Forest Action Plans and reviewing specific plans in three states and one island territory to evaluate accomplishments related to protecting water quality in the five years since they were completed. 

Goin’ against the grain: Wood is good, but tallwood is beautiful, baby

Al Steele, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry

“Forests were the first temples of God and in forests men grasped their first idea of architecture.”
― James C. Snyder, Introduction to Architecture

Building large structures with wood isn’t anything new. In Norway and other Scandinavian countries,
massive stave churches go back to 1150 A.D. or earlier. Chinese timber bridges with spans of 200 feet
were built 1,000 years ago. Starting around 600 A.D., the Japanese imported both Buddhism and
pagoda-style houses of worship from China. The 122-foot Horyu-Ji Temple built in 607 A.D. still exists
today. It and hundreds of other pagodas (many taller) have survived centuries of Japan’s earthquakeridden

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