Friday, March 20, 2015
Florida State Forester and National Association of State Foresters (NASF) president Jim Karles today urged a house panel to support NASF recommendations for USDA Forest Service (USFS) program funding labels.
Speaking to the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and related agencies, Karels spoke about the critical need to support USFS State and private Forestry (S&PF) programs and the State Fire Assistant Program. These program leverage state and partner resources to protect and sustainably manage non-federal manage.
“State foresters deliver technical and financial assistance, along with forest health, water and wildfire protection for more than two-thirds of the nation’s 751 million acres of forests. The Forest Service S&PF mission area provides vital support to deliver these services, which contribute to the socioeconomic and environmental health of rural and urban areas,” Karels told the panel.