Going to Your Capital: 2013 ACTrees and SUFC Public Policy AgendaRebecca Turner, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, American Forests (Washington, DC)American Forests works to clarify and publicize the value of environmental and ecological services thatforests provide. On the national level, American Forests works with Congress and the Executive Branchto increase support for research and programs to benefit forests.Jake Donnay, Director of Forest Policy, National Association of State Foresters (Washington, DC)The National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors offorestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. A member ofthe Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition, NASF advocates for legislation and policies that promote the roleof trees and professionals that manage them.Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director, ACTrees (College Park, MD)Alliance for Community Trees is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving grassroots organizations thatplant and care for urban trees. ACTrees is committed to advocating for policies that protect and sustainurban canopies nationwide for the benefit of people and communities.
State of Capitol Hill• Budget Control Act of 2011• Sequestration: March 1• Continuing Resolution: March 27• President’s Budget – usually 2nd week of February – FY14 not expected until mid-March
USDA Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program
USDA Forest Service Forest Health Management Program
Urban Natural Resources Research Through Forest Service Research and Development• Congress must provide strategic direction to the Forest Service to implement the FIA program in urban areas.
The ACTrees Network of member and program partnerorganizations leverages federal initiatives, research andfunding to create verdant, sustainable regional and localcommunities. – Energy Conservation – Neighborhood Revitalization – Green with Grey Infrastructure Planning – Invasive Species Identification – Urban Forest Restoration