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The 2018 Farm Bill codified the Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) program. The program originated with the 2008 Farm Bill and existed for a decade as a jointly administered program between the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) and state forestry agencies. The 2018 Farm Bill also stipulated a new “rural” requirement for LSR. As a result, and per a subsequent rulemaking made by the Forest Service, LSR work could only be conducted in communities made up of fewer than 50,000 people. The white paper highlights the challenges this rural requirement presents for U&CF program work, the broad benefits of U&CF, and policy recommendations for both Congress and the US Forest Service to ensure the LSR program includes funding for U&CF programs.

Keywords: federal programs, land scale restoration, urban and community forestry, urban forestry, white paper, policy making

National Association of State Foresters

2022, April.

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