The Source Water Collaborative Welcomes Its 30th Member

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Please join us in welcoming the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), our 30th member, to the Source Water Collaborative. Since its start in 1920, NASF has served as a leading authority on forest management in the United States. Through NASF’s membership – composed of the directors of forestry agencies in the 50 states, five U.S. territories, three nations in compacts of free association with the U.S., and the District of Columbia – the association advocates for federal legislation and national policies that promote the health, resilience, and productivity of both rural and urban forests.

State forestry agencies are the primary delivery system for forest management activities nationwide. They conserve, enhance, and protect state and private forests, which encompass nearly two-thirds of the nation’s forests, and are responsible for wildfire protection on more than 1.5 billion acres.

State foresters are valued for their leadership, expertise, and public-trust commitment to managing and conserving public and private forests across the country. As a member of the Collaborative, NASF shares its expertise in forest management and promotes national programs and policies that help protect sources of drinking water through forestry.

“Forests and trees play a critical role in watershed health and are key to ensuring safe and reliable supplies of drinking water across the U.S.,” said Christopher Martin, NASF president and Connecticut state forester. “Right now, more than 80 million acres of America’s forests are at risk of damage from insects and disease. Without remediation, USDA Forest Service scientists expect these threats will kill about 25% of trees larger than one inch in diameter by 2027.”

“The only way to bolster the health of our nation’s forests is to manage them to be more resilient,” Martin continued. “Active forest management requires coordination among state and federal agencies, private forestland owners, private companies, and non-profit organizations. The many benefits of healthy forests—including clean drinking water for over 68,000 communities, millions of jobs, and critical wildlife habitat​—are at stake.”

We are very excited to have NASF as our newest partner working to advance the Collaborative’s vision and shared source water protection goals.

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