In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment and and Related Agencies, fifty organizations stated their support for increased fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding for the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.
We urge Congress to support FIA at no less than $93.5M in total funding in FY22. Beginning in FY21, Congress restructured the Forest Service program budgets, separating out appropriations for cost pools, salary and expenses, and program funding. Commensurate with this restructuring, we urge Congress to fund FIA program dollars at no less than $32.4M in FY22. This will ensure that state and academic cooperators who partner in the critical data collection and delivery of the FIA program through grants and agreements that help realize programmatic operational efficiencies are fully funded to do their critical work.
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