The partnership program between the U.S. Forest Service and states and private parties may get a boost. The House approved adding $8.291 million for State and Private Forestry next year. The approval came in an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, (H.R. 2584).
And it looks like the military band concerts at the U.S. Capitol will go on next year as planned. The House rejected an amendment that would have stricken $1 million from the bill to fund the outdoor summer concert series.
But the House also voted against an amendment that would have added $8.408 million for National Recreation and Preservation to bolster partnerships for historic areas liike ones in Baltimore and the Shenandoah Valley.
Other amendments to the bill are still pending. For details, see http://joltleft.com/outdoor-recreation-in-washington-dc/house-amendments-would-add-to-outdoor-recreation-funds and the previous storiy linked to below.
Read about the amendments at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/B?r112:@FIELD%28FLD003+d%29+@FIELD%28DDATE+20110727%29.