Within the FY 2008 budget request, the United States Forest Service (USFS) has requested $263 million for Forest and Rangeland Research, a decrease of $14.71 million from FY 2006 and 2007 enacted funding levels. Further, it is estimated that Forest and Rangeland Research would lose 177 full-time equivalent positions, representing an 8 percent reduction in staff from FY 2006 and 2007 appropriations. For FY 2008, research represents only 5.7 percent of the entire Forest Service budget, maintaining its low placement among USFS budget priorities in recent years. The administration indicated that the proposed FY 2008 Forest Service budget reflects a shift in national focus with greater emphasis on wildland fire suppression and law enforcement operations, both of which received substantial increases from the enacted FY 2006 and 2007 appropriations. Under the FY 2008 budget, wildland fire suppression would increase by $120.8 million (15 percent) and law enforcement operations would rise $12 million (12 percent) compared to FY 2006 and 2007 funded levels.


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