The Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance (NMSFA) is comprised of the state forestry agencies from 20 Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern states plus the District of Columbia.
We support states in efforts to achieve shared forest management, conservation, and protection goals. Working closely with the USDA Forest Service and other partners, NMSFA facilitates regional efforts related to forest health, invasive insects and pests, wildland firefighting, urban forestry, and a variety of other issues.
State forestry agencies are responsible for a variety of activities, including:
- Managing forest land and related natural resources
- Informing and assisting the public, forest landowners, and natural resource groups
- Monitoring forest health and condition
- Serving as implementers of state and federal forestry programs
- Ensuring regulatory compliance
- Informing development and implementation of forest policies
Forests and the benefits they offer often cross boundaries and political jurisdictions. When states cooperate with one another, federal agencies, conservation groups, and interested citizens, such collective and cooperative efforts benefit more people and improve forests locally and across the region.