December 20, 2013

Wildfire Disaster Funding Act legislation introduced

On Thursday Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, aimed at ending the cycle of fire borrowing at the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior. Late in federal fiscal year 2013 the USDA Forest Service transferred more than $600 million from non-fire accounts to cover the cost of [read more]

December 20, 2013

Congress reaches budget compromise

The Budget compromise reached by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was approved by the Senate this week. With approval of the budget deal setting overall spending levels for the federal government in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, appropriators in Congress now have the difficult task of pulling together appropriations bills to [read more]

March 5, 2013

NASF joins Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition on hill

Last week NASF joined partners from the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition to meet with congressional offices and address the vital importance of trees and green infrastructure for America’s communities. The event took place during the 2013 ACTrees Policy Summit. Topics of discussion during meetings with congressional representatives and their staff included: Support for the US [read more]

December 7, 2012

Senate passes FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act with amendment for Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act Reauthorization

This week the U.S. Senate passed its version of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Among its many amendments was the reauthorization of the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act. The amendment was sponsored by Senator McCain (R-AZ). In August, NASF sent a letter in to Senators McCain, Feinstein and Nelson, sponsors of the Wildfire [read more]

June 28, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Interior Appropriations update

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee passed an FY13 Interior Appropriations bill funding programs at EPA, DOI and the USDA Forest Service. Although the bill was passed today, it is not expected that there will be a vote on the bill in either the House or Senate. The most likely scenario is a continuing resolution [read more]