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Coalition Praises Introduction of Bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Bill

June 8, 2017 (Arlington, Va.) — The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions, a broad, bipartisan coalition of conservation, timber, tribal, recreation, sportsmen and employer groups, praised Representatives Mike Simpson (R-Id.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) for introducing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2017 (WDFA). The bill would change how the federal government budgets for the suppression of large wildfires to make that process similar to the way other disasters are funded.

NASF, AFF Applaud Introduction of Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017

Bipartisan Bill to Prioritize Forest Landscape-Scale Projects Across Both Private and Public Land

WASHINGTON—This week Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation would direct funding toward the highest priority projects, resulting in measurable improvements to non-federal private forests and nearby National Forest System lands. 

Financial Compensation Available for Colorado Landowners

Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

State Foresters Visit Capitol Hill to Advance Forestry Priorities

By Ryan Martini
 
This week, members of the National Association of State Foresters and regional state forestry associations met with their members of Congress in Washington, DC to discuss priority forestry issues. During more than 30 meetings, State Foresters spoke with Congressional leaders and their staff about priority programs that help conserve, protect and enhance America’s forests.