College Park, MD (September 15, 2008)- Alliance for Community Trees joined 47 national conservation leaders in urging Congress to find a better solution in how the nation funds its fire fighting efforts. For years, federal agencies have funded catastrophic fire fighting by borrowing funds from programs and projects that are necessary for long-term forest stewardship.
When funds are borrowed, it “freezes” grants, contracts, and programs in other parts of the government, creating inefficiency and damaging public-private partnerships with community based organizations. Currently, Urban and Community Forestry funds are frozen due to the cost of managing fire suppression.
Thanks to American Forest Foundation for coordinating this coalition effort.
Coalition Forest Fires Supplemental Sign-On Letter
Impacts of US Forest Service Transfer Fire Process
Letter to Congress from National Association of State Foresters