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Forestry in the Farm Bill

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Many programs authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill (P.L. 107-171) will expire at the end of FY2007, and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are likely to consider legislation to reauthorize these programs. General forestry legislation is within the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committees, and past farm bills have included provisions addressing forestry, especially on private lands. The next farm bill may also include forestry provisions addressing various issues, such as funding for forestry programs, wildfire protection, invasive species control, economic diversity for forest-dependent communities, and markets for ecosystem services. This report will be updated as events warrant.