FY07 Forest Service Budget- Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Washington, DC (July 18, 2006)- The full Senate will soon vote on Appropriations for the Interior and Related Agencies. This bill includes the FY 2007 budget for the US Forest Service. Senate appropriators have budgeted $27.6 million for the Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Once the Senate passes its bill, the Senate and House will form a conference committee to finalize the FY 2007 Appropriations for Interior and Related Agencies. The conference committee’s job is to come up with a joint compromise between the House and Senate versions.

We need your help to reach members of the Senate as well as the Chair and Ranking Member for both the House and Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittees.


STRATEGY
The House and Senate versions of the U&CF budget have some key differences — the House version will result in a $1.5 million net increase across the core program, while the Senate version would result in a budget decrease for the Urban and Community Forestry Program.

Please let lawmakers know that you support a compromise budget of $30.25 million for the U&CF Program.

(A $30.25 million FY 2007 budget for Urban and Community Forestry could accommodate elements of both the Senate and House FY 2007 bills and result in a slight overall program increase.)
TARGETS
The best people to reach now are House and Senate members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, because the subcommittees appoint the conferees who will determine the final House-Senate compromise bill. Also, contacting your Senator (whether he/she serves on appropriations or not) is a good idea since the full Senate has not yet voted on its version of the bill.
A list of Senate and House members is provided below for your convenience. Contact information is available online. The best way to send letters is on your letterhead, sent by FAX because surface mail takes too long.
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior & Related Agencies
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT); Chair
Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK)
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM)
Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)
Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Sen. Dorgan (D-ND); Ranking Member
Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Senate Appropriations, Full Committee

Majority Members (Republican)
Senator Thad Cochran, (R-MS); Chair
Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK)
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM)
Senator Christopher S. Bond (R-MO)
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-UT)
Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Senator Mike Dewine (R-OH)
Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Minority Members (Democrat)
Senator Robert C. Byrd, (D-WV); Ranking Member
Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)
Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA)
House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior & Related Agencies
Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC); Chair
Rep. Michael K. Simpson, (R-ID); Vice Chair
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN)
Rep. John E. Peterson, (R-PA)
Rep. Don Sherwood, (R-PA)
Rep. Ernest J. Istook, Jr., (R-OK)
Rep. Robert Aderholt, (R-AL)
Rep. John Doolittle, (R-CA)
Rep. Norman D. Dicks (D-WA); Ranking Member
Rep. James P. Moran, (D-VA)
Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey, (D-NY)
Rep. John W. Olver, (D-MA)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, (D-WV)
SAMPLE TEXT
“As Congress finalizes the bill for Appropriations for Interior and Related Agencies, please support a budget of $30.25 million for the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program.
“The Forest Service’s U&CF Program provides assistance to protect and manage urban forests in communities nationwide, serving more than 80% of the US population and leveraging $3 for every $1 of federal support. This effective cooperative program promotes quality of life in both small towns and large metropolitan areas. We encourage the Senate and House leadership to pass a budget of $30.25 million for the Urban and Community Forestry program in FY 2007.”
“(Name of Organization’s) position is also supported by the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, a coalition that includes fourteen national organizations such as the US Conference of Mayors, American Society of Landscape Architects, and American Public Works Association. This reflects the broadly recognized importance of urban trees for the livability of communities and the value of the USDA Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.”