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tbeckman
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 3:43pm
Dear Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran: The undersigned organizations write in support of the nomination of Robert Bonnie as the Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Bonnie will bring critical insight into innovative approaches to conserve and manage America's farms, ranches and forest lands. Mr. Bonnie is a leading national expert on efforts to reward...
tbeckman
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 3:40pm
Dear Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran: The undersigned organizations write to express our strong support for the nomination of Krysta Harden as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In her four years at the Department, Ms. Harden has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of and genuine concern for the varied interests of USDA’s many constituencies. She has shown even-handed judgment in working with diverse stakeholders, and she has been an integral member...
gosullivan
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 2:48pm
Dear Senator Crapo and Senator Wyden: 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 address nonpoint...
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...

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