US Forest Service Chief testifies before Senate committee on 2013 agency budget Tom Tidwell said the proposed FY 2013 Forest Service budget responds to the public’s desire for the conservation and stewardship of the nation’s forests and grasslands with efficient,cost-effective sp
restoration outcomes, the Integrated Resource Restoration program empowers Forest Service managers and local communities to find the best, most efficient way to meet their ecological, economic and social objectives.”
Restoration work, which includes essential levels of research in high-priority and strategic program areas, also creates healthy communities, Tidwell said.
“The nation depends on the Forest Service to take proactive measures to reduce the threat of wildfire,” he said. “By working proactively to re-establish fire-adapted ecosystems, we can reduce the severity of large wildfires. The proposed budget for FY 2013 would direct fire management resources toward the highest priority areas. We are ready to protect life, property and community, and public safety.”
The FY 2013 budget proposal also calls for the reauthorization for five years of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000; includes proposed language that would authorize the Secretary to enter into agreements with interpretive association to enhance visitor aware of natural resources and cultural heritage; and reducing spending levels in travel, information technology, printing, fleet and promotional items.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.