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tbeckman
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 1:57pm
Dear Members of Congress: For years the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) have “robbed from Peter to pay Paul,” by transferring money out of vital agency programs and services in order to fund wildfire suppression costs. This practice is negatively affecting land management programs including those that decrease long-term wildfire risk and costs. The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875...
tbeckman
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 2:45pm
Dear Secretary Jewell and Secretary Vilsack: On behalf of the National Association of State Foresters I would like to thank you for your continued support of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (“Cohesive Strategy”). The National Association of State Foresters supports the final phase, Phase III, of the development of the Cohesive Strategy. As we move into implementation it is important to note that this national, multiyear interagency collaborative effort is different from...
tbeckman
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 10:54am
Dear sir/madam: The National Association of State Foresters is comprised of the heads of the state forestry agencies in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. State foresters directly manage some 63.1 million acres of publicly‐owned land and provide technical and financial assistance to more than 10 million family forest landowners who are the stewards of 264 million acres of forest land. State forestry agencies also provide wildland fire protection and forest...
tbeckman
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:48am
Dear Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member Moran, Dear Chairman Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby, Chairman Reed, and Ranking Member Murkowski,   The undersigned organizations, members of the Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus, write to urge you to address the vexing issue of wildfire suppression funding in fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations. We respectfully request that the Committee correct this wildfire suppression funding issue by...
tbeckman
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:26am
Dear Chairwoman Stabenow, Senator Cochran, Chairman Lucas, and Ranking Member Peterson: We write to express our support to retain without amendment the Silvicultural Activities provision in the final version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642 -- the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, in. The House of Representatives added this provision to the bill by unanimous voice vote. The provision is identical to bipartisan legislation, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act (H.R. 2026),...
tbeckman
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:33pm
The undersigned organizations represent state agencies charged with implementation of the Clean Water Act, and protection of natural resources, fish, wildlife, forests, floodplains and the environment.  We appreciate the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) effort to prepare the September 2013 draft report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.  We are pleased to offer the following shared perspectives.  First,...
tbeckman
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:34am
Dear Chief Tidwell, We are writing to first thank you for your continued leadership in promoting wood as a green building material. We ask that you renew your commitment to this effort by investing $1 million in your FY2015 budget for a partnership between WoodWorks and the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory to bring products to market especially in the nonresidential building sector. As you know, our diverse group of organizations is united around the idea that increasing the use of...
tbeckman
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:29am
Our groups are members of the Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the tremendous leadership you demonstrated in ensuring that the fiscal year (FY) 2014 continuing resolution included a reimbursement of non-fire funds transferred to pay for fire suppression at the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior in FY 2013. Repayment of these funds will help minimize further disruption caused by the transfers. However,...
gosullivan
Monday, September 16, 2013 - 2:59pm
September 16, 2013   The Honorable Harold Rogers United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Nita Lowey United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Michael K. Simpson United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable James P. Moran United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   Dear Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Simpson, and Ranking Member Moran:   The undersigned...
gosullivan
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:25pm
The Honorable Jack Reed United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Lisa Murkowski United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Reed and Ranking Member Murkowski, We are facing another terrible fire season that is costing lives, damaging properties and harming our public lands and the many resources and jobs that they provide. Once again, the USDA Forest Service has been forced to begin transferring funds from important forest management, restoration, and public...

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