Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, April 18, 2012   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Jack Reed: "I would like to welcome everyone to this hearing on the fiscal year 2013 budget request of the United States Forest Service (USFS). And on behalf of the subcommittee, I would like to welcome Tom Tidwell, Chief of the USFS. Chief, thank you. And he is joined by Susan Spear. Thank you, Susan. We appreciate you appearing before us to discuss the issues pertaining to the USFS. […] We recognize the USFS's main role is to maintain our national forests, but they also support outdoor recreation, habitat, access to open space in every State in the country, including Rhode Island. Again, we thank you for your service, and believe it is important everywhere. And the hearing today is to ask you questions about your budget, and to see what we can do to provide you the resources necessary. As I turn to this budget, I note that the administration's request for all USFS programs totals $4.849 billion in new budget authority. That amount is $255.1 million or a 5.6-percent increase more than the fiscal year 2012 enacted level. What looks like a large increase though has to be put into perspective. It is important to note that this subcommittee provided an additional $240 million in prior-year funding to cover firefighting needs for fiscal year 2012. So on an apple-to-apples basis, that means that the administration's budget request is really only $15 million more than the fiscal year 2012 level, well within the kind of request we've seen for other departments under our jurisdiction." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Tidwell, Susan Spear, and Jack Reed.

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S. Hrg. 112; Senate Hearing 112
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