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 seven working groups that explore issues of concern to the three countries. These working groups include atmospheric change, fire management, forest products, insects and diseases, silviculture, forest inventory and monitoring, and forest genetic resources.
The Fire Management Working Group is a forum for exchanging experience and technology for the protection and control of forest fires; for cooperation among the three NAFC countries to develop strategies and actions to solve technical and management problems; and to actively participate with international agencies to conduct and promote activities that will foster worldwide cooperation and development. The network is one of six networks within the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) (see also: UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire).