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gosullivan
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 2:45pm
Dear Congresswoman Herrera Beutler and Congressman Schrader: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates your efforts to solidify the role of the longstanding state-based Best Management Practices (BMP) programs for managing nonpoint source discharges from forest roads. NASF’s members include the directors of all state and territorial forestry agencies and the District of Columbia. State Foresters have primary responsibility for administering forestry BMP programs designed to...
tbeckman
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 8:43am
Dear Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran: The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) greatly appreciates your efforts to include robust forestry and conservation titles as part of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S 954). State Foresters deliver technical and financial assistance, and forest health, water and wildfire protection for more than two-thirds of America’s forests. Our members work in close partnership with the Forest Service and the Natural...
tbeckman
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 10:07am
Dear Congresswoman Matsui: The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) would like to thank you for your commitment to energy conservation and your recognition of the role properly placed trees have in mitigating greenhouse gasses and reducing electricity consumption. We write today in support of your efforts to assist retail power providers with the establishment and operation of targeted residential tree planting programs through your recently introduced bill HR 1807 “The Residential Energy...
tbeckman
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:36am
Dear Speaker Boehner: America’s agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations strongly urge you to bring the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013) back to the Floor as soon as possible. This important legislation supports our nation’s farmers, ranchers, forest owners, food security, natural resources and wildlife habitats, rural communities, and the 16 million Americans whose...
tbeckman
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 9:25am
Dear Chairman Reed and Ranking Member Murkowski: As the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies considers the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget for the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), the undersigned organizations request your support for including an extension of the Stewardship Contracting authority in the FY 2014 budget. Our organizations agree that stewardship contracting reauthorization is essential to restore and foster...
tbeckman
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 9:48am
Dear Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson: We are writing to express our strong support for the “Good Neighbor Authority” (Section 8304) of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. Good Neighbor Authority allows the Forest Service to delegate to State Foresters implementation of certain forestry projects on federal lands after NEPA is completed. It is modeled upon similar authority that Congress granted to Colorado and Utah, where it has been successfully...
tbeckman
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Dear Senator Wyden and Senator Murkowski, We are writing to express our support for S.327, the Good Neighbor Forestry Act. The diverse organizations signing this letter believe the successful model of cooperation that has been used in Colorado and Utah should be expanded to allow states and state foresters to provide forestry services on National Forest System and BLM lands. Tighter budgets and fewer forest management projects are exacerbating problems of forest health, and hurting businesses...
tbeckman
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8:46am
Dear Chairman Reed and Ranking Member Murkowski: The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) represents community nonprofits, national associations, nursery and landscape professionals, landscape architects, urban planners, city managers, public works professionals, arborists, utility professionals, conservationists, foresters, scientists, and others nationwide. Working together since 2004, these diverse professionals monitor, care and advocate for urban trees and green infrastructure....
tbeckman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:59am
Dear Chairman Reed and Ranking Member Murkowski, The undersigned organizations represent those families and individuals who own forest land as well a the forestry professionals who deliver on-the-ground technical assistance to forest landowners . There are more than 10 million family forest owners in the U.S. that collectively own 35 percent of the nation’s forests (i.e. over 250 million acres). Family forest owners steward more land than the federal government or big corporations. These...
tbeckman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:55am
Dear Chairman Reed and Ranking Member Murkowski: The undersigned organizations believe in the importance and utility of up-to-date inventory and analysis on forests in the United States. The USDA Forest Service–Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program provides critical information that enables sound policy and forest management decisions. We fully recognize the difficult decisions that come with addressing reductions to the Federal budget and we appreciate the Subcommittee’s $72 million...

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