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Coalition Letter: Moran/Simpson - Community Forest & Open Space Conservation Program Support (March 11, 2010)

March 11, 2010

Dear Chairman Moran and Ranking Member Simpson,

We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to express support for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. This new program provides matching funds to help local government entities, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations to create new community forests. It also offers technical assistance to develop and implement management plans for each new community forest.

NASF Letter: NRCS - NASF comments regarding the Interim Final Rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (Sep. 25, 2009)

Mr. Gregory Johnson
Director, Financial Assistance Programs Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 5241, South Building
Washington, D.C. 20250-2890

Dear Mr. Johnson:

NASF Resolution No. 1992-4: Stewardship Incentives Program Fund Use

Stewardship Incentives Program Fund Use for Forest Stewardship Plans
(retired by Resolution No. 2004-6)

WHEREAS: The main objective of the Forest Stewardship Program is to develop forest management plans on new Non-Industrial Forest Land; and

WHEREAS: The State Forestry agencies are experiencing major reductions in funding from state sources; and

NASF Resolution No. 2000-15: Endorsement of National Coalition for Sustaining America's Forests Report

ORIGIN OF RESOLUTION:
Massachusetts State Forester

ISSUE OF CONCERN:
Endorsement of National Coalition for Sustaining America's Forests Report

BACKGROUND:
Whereas
: the 1998 National Research Council report on Nonfederal Forests (Forestlands in Perspective: Prospects and Opportunities for Sustainable Management of America's Nonfederal Forests) contains four (4) recommendations pertaining to research, education and extension outreach; and

NASF Resolution No. 2002-9: Implementation of the Forestry Title in 2002 Farm Bill (retired)

ORIGIN OF RESOLUTION:
NASF Forest Resource Management Committee

ISSUE OF CONCERN:
Implementation of the Forestry Title in the 2002 Farm Bill

BACKGROUND:
The National Association of State Foresters passed Resolution No. 2001-8 last year, indicating its support for a strong Forestry Title in the 2002 Farm Bill that recognizes the important contribution of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) lands. Thankfully, this year Congress passed one of the strongest Farm Bills supportive of forestry on private lands in history.

NASF Letter: Kimbell/Lasseter/Lancaster - June 25, 2008

Ms. Abigail Kimbell, Chief
USDA Forest Service
Office of the Chief (4NW Yates)
201 14th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20250

Ms. Teresa Lasseter, Administrator
Farm Service Agency
1400 Independence Ave, SW
STOP 0506
Washington, DC 20250

Mr. Arlen Lancaster, Chief
Natural Resources Conservation Service
14th & Independence Avenue, SW
Room 5105-A
Washington, DC 20250

Dear Chief Kimbell, Chief Lancaster and Administrator Lasseter,

Farm Bill

State foresters know that the farm bill is a unique opportunity to support rural America’s economic backbone and improve the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing support for America’s trees and forests.