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About the North American Forest Commission

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: climate, atmospheric change and forests, fire management, insects and diseases and invasive plants, silviculture, forest inventory and monitoring, forest genetic resources, and urban programs. There is also an ad hoc working group on resiliency. 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.

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  • LATEST BOA report (from June 2018 meeting in Juneau, Alaska)

  • NAFC Commission meeting was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from September 18-22, 2017. For a list of all related documents, click here: at

  • For a list of all the NAFC reports and minutes from past Commission meetings, click here to take you to the FAO website.

  • Working Group Fact Sheets (English, French, Spanish)

  • For all Working Groups, please explore the new Toolbox where you can find funding request guidelines, award nomination guidance, letterhead etc.



Mexico Canada USA FAO

Arturo Beltran
Director General
Carretera a Nogales esq.
Periferico pte. s/n
5o piso
Col. San Juan de Ocotan
Zapopan, Jalisco

Beth MacNeil
Assistant Deputy Minister
Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E4

Vicki Christiansen
USDA Forest Service
United States Department of Agriculture
PO Box 96090
Washington, DC

Hiroto Mitsugi
Assistant Director General
FAO Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla


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