CWSF Newsletter | October 2021
Organizational Highlights
2021 CWSF and WFLC Fall Meeting
The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) Fall Meeting is scheduled to take place November 16-18 in Troutdale, OR. CWSF members (State Foresters) will meet in-person. Please note that attendance is limited to State Foresters or a single State Forester representative. Register & view the agenda.  

The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) Fall Meeting is scheduled to take place on November 18. WFLC members (State Foresters and USDA Forest Service) will meet in a hybrid model comprised of in-person (for CWSF members) and virtual (for USDA Forest Service) on Thursday, November 18 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. View the agenda.
Good Neighbor Authority - AK Spotlight and New Resource
The WFLC Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Information and Resources webpage was recently updated with a new spotlight highlighting the Vallenar Young-Growth GNA project - the second GNA agreement in Alaska to help the timber industry transition from old-growth to young-growth harvesting methods. 

The GNA Information and Resources webpage, launched in March 2021, serves as a western repository of relevant, timely GNA resources for state forestry agencies, federal agencies, and partners. Featured resources are updated on an ongoing basis. This month, the new Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition ‘Use of Good Neighbor Authority Across the West’ has been added to the webpage.

WUI and LSR Grant Cycles Closing October 29
The fiscal year (FY) 2022 Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant Program opened for applications on June 17 and closes at 5:00 p.m. MDT on October 29, 2021. The grant portal can be accessed at and additional information can be found on the CWSF website

The FY 2022 Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Competitive Grant Program opened on August 5 and closes at 5:00 p.m. MDT on October 29, 2021. FY 2022 materials, including a recording of the informational webinar, can be found on the WFLC website.

Please contact Danielle Okst with any questions.
Meet a Forester
Frank Beum

This month, we are pleased to feature Frank Beum, Regional Forester with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region.

Policy Update
Negotiations for the infrastructure bill and Build Back Better Act have continued over the last month. Both bills could provide a large influx of funding to support forestry, including many State Forester priority programs. The remaining nine FY 2022 appropriations bills were released by the Senate. The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill was among the released texts. The government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution passed at the end of September, which extends funding levels through December 3.
News and Notes from Our Members and Partners
2022 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

There is still time to nominate a deserving individual or organization for a Wildfire Mitigation Award! The 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Awards nomination deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021.

Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

Job Opportunities
Looking for a job opportunity in forestry? Find your next position in western forestry on the CWSF job blog.

If you would like to submit a job posting, please email Halie Miyazawa.
Meetings Calendar
See the calendar of meetings and events hosted by CWSF/WFLC and partner organizations.
Questions, comments, feedback? Please contact us!