Thompson’s National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act Passes House

Jun 9, 2015 Issues: Allegheny National Forest

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson’s (PA-05) legislation, H.R. 2394, the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives by voice vote.  This bipartisan bill will reauthorize the National Forest Foundation Act so the Foundation will have the resources it needs to protect and restore our 193-million-acre national forest system, including Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest.

“The National Forest Foundation, the USDA’s official non-profit partner, seeks to bring local communities together to restore and enhance our national forests and grasslands,” said Congressman Thompson.  “Through leveraging public and private funds, the Foundation protects and keeps our national forests, like the Allegheny, thriving and viable for generations to come,” added Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

Since it was created in 1993, the Foundation has been essential in helping to address the challenges the National Forest System faces.

Accomplishments include:

·         Over 14 thousand miles of trail restored or maintained;

·         Nearly 4.4 million trees and shrubs planted;

·         More than 500,000 acres of fuel reduction completed or planned;

·         Over 120 thousand people volunteered more than 1.5 million hours with an estimated value of $34 million;

·         Over 46 thousand youth employed or engaged;

·         Approximately 80 thousand acres of invasive weeds treated;

·         Over 117 thousand acres of wildlife habitat restored or maintained; and,

·         More than three thousand miles of streams surveyed or restored. 

 

Shortly before the vote, Congressman Thompson spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging his colleagues to support the reauthorization.

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