Collectively and individually, SUFC members are staunch and effective advocates for sound policies that ensure our nation’s urban forests live into their full potential to transform America’s communities.
SUFC’s Advocacy Platform
SUFC has developed five broad goals for its advocacy over the next five years. These long-term priorities will guide the efforts of the Policy Working Group to develop and implement annual priorities and actions.
GOAL 1: Advance understanding of and increase support for the public health benefits of urban and community forestry.
GOAL 2: Build a diverse and skilled workforce for urban and community forestry.
GOAL 3: Engage and address the needs of underserved communities in urban and community forestry.
GOAL 4: Strengthen understanding among policymakers of the values and benefits of trees and forest canopy cover in communities.
GOAL 5: Increase funding from public and private sources for urban and community forestry, including measures to expand and improve urban forests and to prevent and mitigate urban forest threats.
The advocacy platform was adopted March 22, 2018.
Legislative Letters and Recommendations
SUFC Fact Sheet on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction ActDecember 14, 2022
SUFC Principles on Implementation of IRA FundingOctober 13, 2022
Inflation Reduction Act UCF Support LetterAugust 8, 2022
FY23 UCF Support LetterJune 6, 2022
FY23 House Agricultural Testimony for APHISMay 31, 2022
Urban Community Forests in Reconciliation Support LetterSeptember 29, 2021
FY22 House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Testimony for APHISMay 12, 2021
FY22 House and Senate Interior Appropriations TestimonyMay 12, 2021
Presidential Transition Memo: Fostering Thriving and Equitable Communities through Healthy Urban and Community ForestsJanuary 15, 2021
FY21 House Agriculture Appropriations Testimony for APHISMarch 31, 2020