State forestry departments provide a broad range of services to their states, including
wildfire prevention and suppression, monitoring, managing, and generating revenue from
state-administered forest lands, providing timber and biomass to industry, improving
wildlife habitat, providing forest-based recreation opportunities, and assisting private
landowners through financial assistance programs and education and technical forestry
assistance. Additionally, services such as conducting vegetation management for other
agency divisions have typically been an expected role. Collectively, these are viewed as
important environmental and economic services affecting the economy and quality of life
in states. However, the ability to provide these services is increasingly in jeopardy
because of reduced state (and in some instances federal) funding allocated as a result of
the current financial recession. This study seeks to identify the extent to which reduced
funding has affected state forestry programs and characterize ways in which states are
responding. The intent of compiling this information is to provide the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Legislature, and forestry departments in
other states ideas for how to maintain important forestry services and functions in light of
decreasing fiscal resources.
Schroeder, Jenna; Becker, Dennis R.; Kilgore, Michael A..
State Forestry Programs, Budget Strategies, and the Recession.
University of Minnesota.
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