Appropriations Testimony

Every year, American Forests submits testimony to the Appropriations Committee regarding the organization’s interest in certain federal programs.

The Green Budget

The Green Budget highlights the environmental and conservation communities’ Fiscal Year 2013 National Funding Priorities. The Green Budget, prepared annually by a coalition of national environmental and conservation organizations, illustrates how federal investments can help meet the environmental challenges of a changing climate, develop our clean energy resources, and sustain our nation’s lands, waters, and other natural resources.

Contributing Organizations

Alaska Wilderness League • American Bird Conservancy • American Forests • American Hiking Society • American Rivers • Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies • Bat Conservation International • Chesapeake Bay Foundation • Defenders of Wildlife • Earth Day Network • Environment America • Environmental Defense Fund • Friends of the Earth • League of Conservation Voters • Marine Conservation Institute • Marine Fish Conservation Network • National Audubon Society • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation • National Parks Conservation Association • National Wildlife Refuge Association • Natural Resources Defense Council • National Tribal Environmental Council • National Trust For Historic Preservation • National Wildlife Federation • Ocean Conservancy • Physicians For Social Responsibility • Population Action International • Restore America’s Estuaries • Sierra Club • Smart Growth America • The Trust For Public Land • Union of Concerned Scientists • U.S. Climate Action Network • The Wilderness Society • World Wildlife Fund

Budget Sequestration Fact Sheet

American Forests collaborated with other conservation organizations to create a fact sheet outlining the potential impacts if more cuts occur to important programs through sequestration.

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS)

American Forests signed onto a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee; joining other conservation groups like the Wilderness Society and Natural Resources Defense Council to reach out to these Congressional committees and urge them to pass SRS.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program

A national report released November 7, 2011, on first-year results of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) revealed impressive returns for forests, jobs, water and wildlife. In 2010, the federal program split $10 million among 10 projects in national forests throughout the country.

Anti-environmental Riders for FY2012

American Forests is part of a coalition of environmental and conservation groups advocating strongly against the anti-environmental riders included in the FY2012 appropriations legislation. This is a synopsis of every rider and their updated status as of 12/21/11.

Farm Bill

American Forests joins 643 national, state, and local organizations in support of the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill. In particular, American Forests supports the proposal made by the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees in the Budget Control Act process last year that demonstrates the Conservation Title can continue to meet vital national needs while sharing in budget reductions.

American Forests is an active member of the Forests in the Farm Bill (FIFB) Coalition, a group of more than 70 organizations representing millions of forest owners, conservationists, hunters, anglers, forest product manufacturers and natural resource professionals. This coalition put forth recommendations for the 2012 Farm Bill centered on four key areas: improving conservation programs for forests; strengthening forestry outreach, education, research and inventory programs; combating forest-related invasive species; and improving forest market opportunities.

Forest Service Planning Rule

The U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule was established in 1982, and the same version is still in use today. In early 2011, the agency released a new Planning Rule draft and Environmental Impact Statement. National and regional meetings were held to provide the public with information about the proposed rule and to respond to questions. A 90-day comment period also provided more opportunity for public input on the draft rule.