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

Western State Forestry Job Openings

Looking for an opportunity in forestry? Check out which western state forestry agencies are hiring! 

Latest News

Colorado wildfires: State locked into losing approach of suppressing wildfires rather than boosting forest health, experts say

Colorado leaders are facing hard facts on the state’s increasingly strained forests: 1,249 wildfires burned a near-record 524,282 acres last year, five times the average.

Upcoming Events

2019 Forest Utilization Network Meeting

April 9, 2019 to April 11, 2019
Whitefish, MT