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The Next Generation of Conservation. National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL February 2, 2010. Steven W. Koehn, MD State Forester President, NASF. Investing in America’s Forests. All-lands Policy approach State Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies

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The Next Generation of Conservation

National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, Orlando, FLFebruary 2, 2010

Steven W. Koehn, MD State Forester

President, NASF


Investing in America’s Forests

  • All-lands Policy approach

  • State Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies

  • Leadership via the Joint Forestry Team


NASF All Lands Policy Platform

  • USDA Secretary Vilsack’s vision of an “All-lands approach” to managing the nation’s forests

  • Forests are a strategic national resource

"The conservation of natural resources is the basis, and the only permanent basis, of national success. There are other conditions, but this one lies at the foundation."

Gifford Pinchot, 1911


Federal Agency Leadership & Collaboration

  • Stand up the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

  • Continue supporting the Joint Forestry Team

  • Ensure inter-agency collaboration with federal agencies


Priority Landscapes & Forest Resource Needs

  • State Assessments and Strategies

  • State Forestry Agencies Will Need Help

  • Forest Inventory and Analysis

  • National Wildland Fire Framework and Cohesive Strategy


Targeted Funding for Essential Infrastructure

Increase Boots-On-The-Ground Capacity

Next Generation of Federal Funding Support

Meaningful Increases in Federal Funding for Forestry Programs in the 2008 Farm Bill


Market Contributions to Forest Health & Restoration

No markets, no management; no cash flow, no conservation

USDA Office of Ecosystem Services

New Comprehensive Forest Markets Program (similar to the Economic Action Program)


Climate Change, Renewable Energy, & Water

Connect Forests to High-Profile National Priorities

2011 International Year of Forests


Legislation & Policies that Sustain Trees & Forests

2008 Farm Bill / 2009 FLAME Act

2010 Climate, Biomass and Renewable Energy, and Water Quality

National Framework for Sustainable Forests

Eliminating Process Gridlock & Barriers to Forest Management

Revise U.S. tax policies


Proof of Concept Demonstrations on Priority Landscapes

High-profile Projects from Across the Nation

Wildland Urban Interface Fire Assessment

(Hazard, Risk, Sensitivity)


Redesign of State & Private Forestry

  • Focus on national issues and sustaining diverse public benefits.

  • Prioritizeusing the best available information to assess conditions & identify opportunities.

  • Outcomes are achieved through collaboration, partnerships and working at appropriate scales.


State Assessments/Strategies


National Themes

Community Forestry

Tree Production

Information and Education

Conserve Working

Forest Landscapes

Conserve Working Forest Landscapes

Protect Forests

from Harm

Sustainable Forestry

Enhance Benefits

From Trees and Forests


http://jointforestryteam.org/


Moving Forward

“We must be more than careful stewards of the land; we must be constant catalysts for positive change.”

- Gifford Pinchot


Thank You

Steven W. Koehn,

MD State Forester

(410) 260-8501

skoehn@dnr.state.md.us

Jay Farrell,

NASF Executive Director

(202) 624-5976

jfarrell@stateforesters.org

http://www.stateforesters.org/


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