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tbeckman
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 9:24am
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Moran: The undersigned organizations are writing to express our strong support for maintaining effective funding levels in the FY 2014 appropriations process for essential wildfire risk reduction and protection programs at the USDA Forest Service and the Department of the Interior. While we recognize Congress’ responsibility to address the nation’s fiscal crisis through prudent reductions in federal spending, funding the Hazardous Fuels programs and the...
tbeckman
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 9:18am
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Moran: The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) represents community nonprofits, national associations, nursery and landscape professionals, urban planners, city managers, public works professionals, arborists, utility professionals, conservationists, foresters, scientists, and others nationwide. Working together since 2004, these diverse professionals monitor, care and advocate for urban trees and green infrastructure. Collectively, we are asking...
tbeckman
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 9:15am
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Moran: The undersigned organizations believe in the importance and utility of up-to-date inventory and analysis on forests in the United States. The USDA Forest Service–Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program provides critical information that enables sound policy and forest management decisions. We fully recognize the difficult decisions that come with addressing reductions to the Federal budget and we appreciate the Subcommittee’s $72 million...
tbeckman
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 9:37am
Dear Mr. Howenstein, We would like to commend the USDA’s efforts to adapt to a changing climate as laid out in its 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. For your consideration and final review of the plan, we offer a number of comments concerning the role of forests in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. We have also attached a policy statement, NASF Adaptation and Mitigation: Concepts for Forest-Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Legislation and Administrative...
tbeckman
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 9:02am
Dear Mr. Steverson: The National Association of State Foresters is comprised of the directors of all of the nation’s state and territorial forestry agencies who have a public trust responsibility for managing and protecting two-thirds of the nation’s forestland. We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments into the federal government’s review of green building certification systems. Our interest in this issue is rooted in the belief that a strong recognition for wood in green building...
tbeckman
Monday, April 1, 2013 - 1:31pm
BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, INTERIOR DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION, EXISTING BUILDINGS AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT General Comments The National Association of State Foresters is comprised of the directors of all of the nation’s state and territorial forestry agencies who have a public trust responsibility for managing and protecting two-thirds of the nation’s forestland. We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments into the USGBC’s LEED green building certification system. Our interest...
tbeckman
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 1:42pm
Dear Chief Tidwell, We are writing in follow-up to our February 11, 2013, meeting to discuss the Forest Service’s role in promoting wood in green building. With the Department of Agriculture’s September 29, 2011 news release announcing that USDA would “urge US builders to prioritize wood in green buildings”, we had hoped that the US Forest Service (USFS) would take specific steps to promote wood in your agency’s buildings and serve as a role model across the federal government and for the...
gosullivan
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:28am
March 14, 2013 The Honorable Harold Rogers United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nita Lowey United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael K. Simpson United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable James P. Moran United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairmen Rogers and Simpson and Ranking Members Lowey and Moran, The Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner...
gosullivan
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:21am
March 14, 2013 The Honorable Barbara Mikulski United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Richard Shelby United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jack Reed United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Lisa Murkowski United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairwoman Mikulski, Chairman Reed, Ranking Member Shelby and Ranking Member Murkowski, The Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus thanks you for proposing adjustments in the full...
tbeckman
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:57pm
Dear Congressman Waxman and Senator Whitehouse: We would like to commend the Bicameral Task Force on its efforts to promote practical and cost efficient activities to address the nation’s changing climate.  We  urge the Task Force to recognize the strategic role that our nation’s forests have in contributing to these efforts.  We applaud the United States Forest Service (USFS) on its 2012 research paper, Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science...