2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Joannou
Tropical Forest Foundation

Item 493 #15h

Item 493 #15h

First Year - FY2009 Second Year - FY2010
Nonstate Agencies
State Grants to Nonstate Entities-Nonstate Agencies FY2009 $300,000 FY2010 $0 GF

Page 444, after line 34, insert:
"Tropical Forest Foundation                  300,000               0".

(This amendment provides $300,000 the first year from the general fund to the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF). This special one-time grant is requested to establish a strong organizational base to maximize the following objective: to strengthen the partnership between the TFF, an international conservation organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. These two organizations, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2006, are moving rapidly towards a greatly expanded program that will strengthen the outreach of both. The TFF programs include established on-the-ground projects which teach sustainable forest management principles through the application of reduced impact logging practices. This concept, which has been promoted and taught by TFF over the past fifteen years, is now widely accepted and has greatly influenced tropical forest management.)