Washington, DC (April 16, 2001)- The National Alliance for Community Trees is a national network of urban conservation organizations dedicated to urban forest protection and care. Our testimony focuses on the Urban and Community Forestry Program within USDA FS State and Private Forestry. We support this program because it provides critical financial and technical assistance to urban communities struggling to address environmental health and ecosystem management issues at the landscape level.
We urge the Subcommittee to increase funding for Urban and Community Forestry to $55 million, above the Administration’s request. This program has demonstrated its ability to deliver highly leveraged support directly to communities for on the ground results. With adequate funding, the program can efficiently increase capacity utilizing existing delivery mechanisms.
Growth is particularly needed in the following areas:
* $15 million over 2001 budget for community cost-share grants.
* $6 million over 2001 budget for urban forest research and technology transfer.
* $2.3 million over 2001 budget for technical and financial assistance to underserved communities.
Testimony to House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations
Briefing on the Federal Urban and Community Forestry Program