The federal budget for the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program is at stake – we need your help.
For the last five years, the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program has steadily lost funding. The President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2007 proposes just $26.8 million for the U&CF Program — that’s nearly $10 million less than the FY 2003 budget. This is a tough budget year – we need to let lawmakers know that the Urban and Community Forestry Program is important to us.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Sign on to the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition letter. (PDF)
2) Contact your elected officials to express your support. See http://thomas.loc.gov for links to both the House and Senate.
Send your sign on back to ACT and your organization will be included in outreach material on the Hill this month. For more talking points, see this Cover Letter. (PDF)
Joan Lionetti, Public Policy Chair
Alice Ewen Walker, Executive Director
Alliance for Community Trees
P.S. Congress is in recess April 10-21 – now is a great time to visit your local district office. Invite your lawmakers to your Earth Week events- they like visibility.