Western forests must be actively managed to ensure ecological, economic, and social sustainability.

Addressing the complex issue of wildland fire requires effective and safe response, restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes, and creating fire-adapted communities.

Responsible management of Western forests positively impacts not only forest ecosystems, but people, communities, and economies.

Forests play a complex and important role in both mitigating and adapting to the wide-ranging effects of climate change.

Clean and abundant water in the West is the direct result of healthy, resilient forests.

The Council of Western State Foresters is the leading voice and a trusted source of information and expertise on the most pressing issues facing Western and Pacific Island forests. Through collaboration, outreach and advocacy, CWSF works to conserve, protect and enhance our forests for today and generations to come.

From the Blog

What's happening in western forestry? October 2019

Take a look at what's happening in western forestry with news from our member state agencies.

Latest News

There's a problem in California with firefighters and PTSD

Roughly 60% of firefighters surveyed by the International Association of Firefighters said they were haunted by memories of traumatic work situations. 

Upcoming Events

CWSF Executive Committee Meeting

November 12, 2019