CWSF’s Western Voice blog helps you stay current on all the most important information related to forestry issues in the West.


This month’s policy update highlights ON FIRE: The Report of the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission, the newly released Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Wood Innovations, Community Wood, and Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grants, and updates from Washington D.C.
The September 2023 edition of the CWSF newsletter is now available.
This month’s policy update includes information on three resolutions passed at the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) Annual Meeting, Good Neighbor Authority, the Farm Bill, the Treating Tribes and Counties as Good Neighbors Act, and the possibility of a government shutdown.

This month, we are pleased to feature Kelly Norris, State Forester for the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

The August 2023 edition of the CWSF newsletter is now available.
This month’s policy update highlights the fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations, the Farm Bill, efforts to increase federal wildland firefighters' pay, and a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for temporary bridges.
On July 31, 2023, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the opening of the second round of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) program. The grant process will be open for applications until October 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
The July 2023 edition of the CWSF newsletter is now available.
In June 2023, the CWSF Forest Products Committee and the Oregon Department of Forestry hosted a Forest to Frame tour focused on the connection between sustainable economic development, Mass Timber construction, and Good Neighbor Authority.
CWSF and WFLC welcomed two new staff members, Neil Simpson as Director of Policy and Leena Visnak as Competitive Grants Manager. 
The June 2023 edition of the CWSF newsletter is now available.
The Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Task Force convened for its first in-person annual meeting in beautiful Issaquah, Washington, from June 20-22, 2023. 

Read the May 2023 edition of the CWSF newsletter.

This month, we are pleased to feature Thomas (Tom) Torres, State Forester for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Read the April 2023 edition of the CWSF newsletter.