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Accomplishment Highlights, December 2006 November 2007

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  • 1. Accomplishment Highlights December 2006-November 2007
  • 2. Accomplishments • FS New Business Model • Appropriations • Performance Measures • Biomass • Stewardship Contracting • Collaboration • Wildfire Cost • Farm Bill Containment • Forest Restoration & • Workforce & Labor Community Capacity Building
  • 3. Western Week in Washington • 2 trips (April and June) • 20 organizations participated • Over 100 meetings held with congressional, agency and interest group leaders
  • 4. Forum on Working Conditions for Forest Workers • 5 RVCC participating groups collaborated with DOL and FS on event • About 100 members of the public attended • More than 30 forest workers provided oral testimony • Forum conducted with simultaneous translation in English/Spanish • Generated media interest
  • 5. Workforce & Labor • Influenced issuance of FS guidance on how to use best value contracting authorities for restoration and fuels reduction, and monitoring service contracts, with particular focus on community benefit criteria
  • 6. Appropriations • Economic Action Program • Performance Measures • Collaboration
  • 7. Appropriations Economic Action Program • Kept Congress informed of value of service delivered by EAP • Organized an action alert to get Senators to sign “Dear Colleague” letters supporting EAP • Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Rep. Rahall stated his support for renewed funding for EAP at $52.6 million for the FY08 budget
  • 8. Appropriations Performance Measures • Proposed outcome-based performance measures for federal programs and linked them to specific budget line items in funding package
  • 9. Appropriations Collaboration • Influenced inclusion of language requiring collaboration in the President’s budget proposal
  • 10. Biomass • RVCC member testified on • Provided comments to integrating woody biomass congressional offices on issues with larger energy and legislative language climate change issues at a ensuring community congressional oversight benefit from biomass hearing production tax credits • Provided language on biomass utilization that was included in Section 309 of the Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007 – Developed and distributed press release in support of Section 309
  • 11. Farm Bill • Worked with Senator Crapo's staff on biomass issue in Farm Bill resulting in his decision to make biomass one of top five Farm Bill issues • Developed sign-on letter in support of establishing Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program • Encouraged inclusion of Community Wood Energy Program
  • 12. Performance Measures • RVCC member provided testimony at oversight hearing on Wildfire Preparedness • recommended measurement criteria and performance measures to ensure funding and assistance for wildfire preparedness applied in an equitable way
  • 13. New Business Model • Invited to participate in advising Forest Service on initiative development and implementation
  • 14. Keep up the good work!