Welcome to the website for the
Council of Western State Foresters
Established in 1967, the Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) is a nonpartisan organization of state, territorial, and commonwealth foresters of the Western United States and Pacific Islands. The responsibilities of State Foresters vary across the west, being primarily charged with providing forest management assistance to landowners, managing state trust lands and supplying wildfire and forest health protection services.
We partner with other agencies, non-profit organizations and landowners to best ensure the sustainability and health of western forests in meeting today’s needs and those of future generations.
One such partnership is with the USDA Forest Service. We work closely with our counterparts who manage federal lands and administer State and Private Forestry programs. This unique partnership combines the Council of Western State Foresters with the Forest Service's western Regional Foresters, Western Research Station Directors and the Forest Products Lab Director. Through this partnership, formally called the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, we create one clear voice on western forestry.
Whether you are a landowner, member of the media, member of Congress, forestry professional or simply someone who enjoys the clean air and fresh water our forests provide, we are here for you. For more information from the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, please click on the logo below.