Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Crapser, State Forester since 2003, brings to the table decades of experience with wildfire issues, community forestry, forest stewardship and other important issues for America’s trees and forests. Crapser succeeds Wisconsin State Forester, Paul DeLong.
“This is an exciting time for forestry, with many opportunities to continue work with partners to conserve, protect and enhance America’s trees and forests. Cross-boundary land management is so critical especially in states like Wyoming where we have a lot of federal land adjacent to state and private lands. My focus for the next year as NASF president will be to promote ways that State Foresters can work with all entities to improve forest management across the landscape,” Crapser said.
As Crapser takes the helm, the wildfire funding issue remains at the forefront of NASF’s policy priorities. Nowadays, wildfire seasons are 78 days longer now than they were in the 1970s. In working to suppress catastrophic wildfires, State Foresters are responsible for wildfire protection on two thirds of America’s forested lands.