USDA APHIS Testimony from Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

NASF is a member of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, which represents hundreds of thousands of professionals and millions of supporters who care for, monitor and support trees growing in our urban and community forests where most people in the United States live. This written testimony is in support of funding for programs at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that help keep the nation’s forests healthy by preventing introduction and spread of invasive pests. Specifically, we ask the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies to maintain the Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels for the “Tree and Wood Pests” line ($54 million) and the “Specialty Crops” line ($166.5 million) under the USDA APHIS Plant Health program.

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