The Society of American Foresters Government Affairs and External Relations Team works with policymakers, partner organizations, and key coalitions to provide a unified voice for sustainable forest management and forestry and natural resources professionals. Documents related to the team’s work are posted on SAF’s website for both members and the general public.
Recently, SAF submitted a letter to Senate Committees and Energy Bill Conferees on wildfire funding and forest management. Over 50 percent of the US Forest Service budget goes toward putting out fires, literally. Solving the wildfire funding issue will be a long and arduous process. Since the overall budget has remained flat, rising costs mean all Forest Service programs suffer, including research and development and on-the-ground work to improve forest health, productivity, and resilience. The letter urges Senate committee members and energy bill conferees to work toward a solution to this situation.
Source: Advocacy & Outreach