From ACTree News
Washington, DC (June 25, 2012)- Early last week you took action to save the Urban & Community Forestry Program from being repealed. Thanks to your calls, emails, tweets and Facebook posts, the amendment did not pass— it didn’t even receive a vote! This kind of grassroots action supports urban and community forestry efforts nationwide, benefiting all of us.
Overall, the Farm Bill passed by the Senate last week was fairly consistent with ACTrees goals for forestry in the Farm Bill. Not only was Urban & Community Forestry not repealed— it is slated to receive substantial funding that is appropriate for a national program that provides support to over 7,000 communities in every state and territory of the country, reaching 60% of the US population. Many other amendments that would have repealed additional forestry programs did not come to pass, but a few did: the authorities for the Watershed Forestry Assistance Program and several other cooperative forestry activities were eliminated.