Washington, DC (April 12, 2007)- The U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is at risk this year of receiving a 38% budget cut, affecting all state agency programs delivered to localities.
If you’ve received technical or financial assistance from your state to help create management plans, support volunteer projects, or conduct tree inventories, then your community has benefitted from this federal investment. State cost share grants are also typically supported by the national U&CF program.
A 38% budget cut to the U&CF Program at the federal level will mean, for many states, elimination of grant programs and reduction in technical assistance provided to communities.
If this issue is important to you, please call or fax your US Representative and Senators to let them know the value of federal investment in urban forest management. The Forest Service supports better city forests two ways – through valuable research conducted at its Research Units and through its Urban and Community Forestry Program, which provides technical and financial assistance delivered by state agencies.
You can take action by using the resource materials located at the Alliance for Community Trees.
The House of Representatives is also accepting written testimony online about the budget. Deadline is April 19. It would be great to see organizations across the country step forward to talk about the value of this program in their locality or state. The House likes to see examples of what the federal program means “on the ground” in local districts.
For more information, visit the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations.