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Jahnke to head National Association of State Foresters

October 16, 2010

Jeff Jahnke, state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service, has been elected to serve as president of the National Association of State Foresters. NASF also elected John Shannon, Arkansas State Forester, as its new vice president and West Virginia State Forester Randy Dye as its new treasurer; each will serve a 12-month term.

Advance practice of sustainable forestry

Jeff Janke, director of the Colorado State Forest Service, will be leading the National Association of State Foresters in 2011.

NASF is a non-profit organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and District of Columbia.

As director of the Colorado State Forest Service, a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, Jahnke leads statewide programs in wildfire prevention and mitigation, forest management, community forestry and conservation education.

'International Year of Forests'

"I look forward to leading the National Association of State Foresters in 2011, the International Year of Forests," said Jahnke. "In the coming year, NASF will communicate outcomes from statewide forest resource assessments and strategies, build momentum for forestry priorities in the 2012 Farm Bill, and continue to advance initiatives based on our commitment to sustainability."

Jahnke previously served as chair of the NASF Forest Fire Protection Committee, chair of the Council of Western State Foresters and as a member of the National Wildland Fire Leadership Council. In addition, he currently serves as co-lead of the Colorado Forest Health Advisory Council, established by Gov. Bill Ritter through executive order in February 2008.

Sponsor and promote conservation, protection of U.S. forests

NASF seeks to discuss, develop, sponsor and promote programs and activities that:

  • advance the practice of sustainable forestry
  • conservation and protection of forest lands and associated resources
  • establishment and protection of forests in the urban environment

NASF also works with regional organizations, including the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters, the Southern Group of State Foresters, and the Council of Western State Foresters to support forest management practices and policies unique to the regional characteristics and needs of diverse forest resources in the United States.


Contact: Katherine Timm
E-mail: katherine.timm@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7698