Washington, DC (June 18, 2012)- Help save the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program! Among the hundreds of Farm Bill amendments filed in the Senate is Amendment 2292 from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would repeal the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program. This amendment has been identified as one of 40 priority amendments by Senate Republicans. ACTrees believes U&CF is a vital program. We strongly encourage you to reach out to your Senators and ask that they oppose Amendment 2292. Votes are expected as early as today, Monday June 18.
ACTrees fully supports the U&CF Program, which provides assistance to over 7,000 communities in all states and territories. Many state forestry agencies rely on funds from the federal U&CF program to provide assistance and cost-share grants to communities. If you have ever received training, technical assistance, or funding from your state urban and community forestry program, you have benefited from the federal investment in the U.S. Forest Service U&CF program.
The flawed reasoning behind Amendment 2292 suggests that local and national nonprofits can do the work of the U&CF program, without U&CF assistance. Tell your Senators that’s not true-U&CF is vital for supporting, enhancing, and innovating the community forestry work that nonprofits are doing in cities and towns all across the country.
Call your Senators TODAY and tell them why U&CF matters-how it has helped you either directly or through your state forestry program. Tell them to OPPOSE Amendment 2292 to the Farm Bill.
You can find how to contact your members of the U.S. Senate here: http://www.senate.gov/
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