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Senate Appropriations Committee and the House chamber passes respective interior bills.

BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE Appropriations Committees passed the FY 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills. Each bill is for $32 billion in funding, a $340 million reduction from FY2016. The House of Representatives passed their Interior Appropriations Bill before the seven-week summer recess, the first time this legislation has cleared the House since 2009.

The following highlights address national funding priorities that American Forests supports:

WILDLAND FIRE FUNDING

Both the House and the Senate Interior bills include fire suppression fine items funded at the rolling 10-year average. However, the Senate bill goes further, attempting to end "fire borrowing" through a fire cap adjustment. While we are pleased with ending the transfers from other programs, this solution does not address the rising costs of suppression that will eventually erode the funding for important programs that protect and restore our forests. In addition, Rep. Mark Udall's (D-NM) amendment of an additional $661 million for wildfire funding, was adopted by a voice vote. This is similar to the additional funds that were added to the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. However, we cannot rely on this type of patchwork funding and need a permanent solution.

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URBAN AND CARBON RESEARCH

The House report continues to include language that supports Urban Forest Research, promoting informative and collaborative efforts to ensure the health of urban forests, along with maximizing the benefits for metropolitan areas. Also in the House bill, it is requested that the U.S. Forest Service work with agencies under the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an effort to implement Forest Carbon Research, to measure forest carbon and gage the ability of reducing carbon emissions. With forests currently sequestering 12-15 percent of the U.S. carbon emissions, it is important to understand the full potential of carbon storage in our forests.

INVASIVE SPECIES

Both the House and the Senate report language recognizes the threat of invasive species to the nation's forests, emphasizing the continued need to prevent, control and eliminate the threat of invasive species to ensure the health of our nation's forests.
FY17 Appropriations Comparison

                                        FY17 AMERICAN
PROGRAM/AGENCY                             FORESTS'
FOREST SERVICE       FY16 ENACTED          PROPOSAL

State and              $237.02 m             N/A
Private
Forestry

Forest Health     $40.68 m Coop lands   "$48.00 m Coop
                  $58.92 m Fed lands     $52.00 m Fed

Forest Legacy          $62.35 m            $62.35 m

Urban and              $28.04 m            $31.00 m
Community
Forestry

Forest and             $291.00 m          $303.00 m
Rangeland
Research

Forest                 $75.00 m            $83.00 m
Inventory and
Analysis

National Forest         $1.51 b              N/A
System

Collaborative          $40.00 m            $60.00 m
Forest
Landscape
Restoration

NATIONAL PARK
SERVICE

National Park           $2.37 b            $2.52 b
System

FISH AND
WILDLIFE
SERVICE

National               $488.29 m          $508.20 m
Wildlife Refuge
System

LAND AND WATER         $450.00 m          $900.00 m
CONSERVATION
FUND

                                    FY17 HOUSE       FY17 SENATE
                       FY17          INTERIOR         INTERIOR
PROGRAM/AGENCY     PRESIDENT'S        (PASSED          (PASSED
FOREST SERVICE       REQUEST         CHAMBER)      APPROPS. CMTEE)

State and           $234.00 m        $244.04 m        $220.83 m
Private
Forestry

Forest Health     "$40.68 m Coop   $45.68 m Coop    $40.68 m Coop
                   $51.38 m Fed    $68.92 m Fed     $51.38 m Fed

Forest Legacy        $62.35 m        $55.00 m         $61.05 m

Urban and            $23.69 m        $28.04 m         $23.69 m
Community
Forestry

Forest and          $291.98 m        $291.98 m        $280.00 m
Rangeland
Research

Forest               $77.00 m         $7700 m          $7700 m
Inventory and
Analysis

National Forest      $1.50 b          $1.53 b          $1.52 b
System

Collaborative        $60.00 m        $40.00 m         $40.00 m
Forest
Landscape
Restoration

NATIONAL PARK
SERVICE

National Park        $2.52 b          $2.43 b          $2.40 b
System

FISH AND
WILDLIFE
SERVICE

National            $508.20 m        $484.86 m        $482.40 m
Wildlife Refuge
System

LAND AND WATER      $900.00 m        $322.00 m        $400.00 m
CONSERVATION
FUND
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