Good job, John. My only request is that you add "Idaho livestock industry" to the groups you list in the second paragraph. Thank you. Frank
Frank, will do. Thanks.
All, Idaho had a good showing yesterday at the CFLRP FACA committee. John Roberts with the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership, Morris Huffman with the Boise Forest Coalition and I had a total of six minutes to convey our support for CFLR Programs in Idaho. John Roberts spoke in support of both CFLRP proposals and mentioned how all we need is some CFLRP funding. Here is an excerpt: I am here today to assure you that Idaho's collaboratives are united and support each other. IFRP supports both applications as parts of a whole. We feel that Idaho is primed for major progress in forestrestoration accomplishments throughout the state and that rocket is on the launch pad!! We just need a little CFLR fuel to blast off! I spoke in favor of the West Central Idaho Initiative and mentioned the diversity of stakeholders on the Boise and Payette Forest Coalitions. I also mentioned how our two coalitions formed a joint committee to assist the Forest Service on the CFLRP application and we can continue to coordinate efforts moving forward. Morris Huffman with the Boise Forest Coali tion also spoke in favor of the West Central Idaho Initiative program and highlighted the Boise Forest Coalition's Citizen Science program. Due to some technical fumblings on my part, I cut a bit into Morris's time and he was two sentences shy of finishing when they cut him off. Morris did get to submit his written testimony to resolve the suspense. Overall, it went well. I think we made a compelling case that allocating CFLR funds in Idaho is a good investment. There were several other compelling testimonies as well so we will see how things turn out. Now the Forest Service is on deck for tomorrow. Best of luck! Fingers crossed for a favorable review from the FACA committee.