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The North American Forest Commission (NAFC) is one of six regional forestry commissions of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) . Established in 1958, NAFC provides a policy and technical forum for Canada, Mexico and the United States to discuss and address forest issues on a North American basis.

NAFC carries out its mandate by supporting research and natural resource management activities through nine working groups that explore issues of concern to the three countries. These working groups include: atmospheric change, fire management, insects and diseases and invasive plants, silviculture, forest inventory and monitoring,and forest genetic resources. Since Canada, Mexico and the United States contain a mix of boreal, temperate and tropical ecosystems, the results of the commission's work can be applied more broadly to assist other countries and regions facing similar conditions.

Mexico Canada USA FAO

Ing. Jorge Rescala Pérez (chair)
Director General
Carretera a Nogales esq.
Periferico pte. s/n
5o piso
Col. San Juan de Ocotan
Zapopan, Jalisco
Tel: +52(33)3777-7000 ext. 1015

Glenn Mason
Assistant Deputy Minister
Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E4
Tel: 1-613-947-7400
Fax: 1-613-947-7395

Tom Tidwell
USDA Forest Service
United States Department of Agriculture
PO Box 96090
Washington, DC
Tel: 1-202-205-1661
Fax: 1-202-205-1765

Eduardo Rojas-Briales
Assistant Director General
FAO Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla


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