Bill could protect U.S. Forest Service from budget-draining wildfires

By David Phemister, Kentucky state director, The Nature Conservancy.
The Courier-Journal
November 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

…While the priority is to save lives and property, agencies should not have to choose between fighting fire and investing in the health of our public lands.  …There is a better way, and there is growing bipartisan consensus in Congress to act.  The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act was introduced in the Senate this fall, and there is similar legislation pending in the House. This legislation would provide a comprehensive fire funding fix that stabilizes the growth of fire suppression in agency budgets, accesses disaster funding for extraordinarily costly fires, and significantly reduces the need for transfers from nonsuppression accounts and programs during wildfire season.  …The Nature Conservancy is part of a broad coalition – including sportsmen’s groups, business interests, and other environmental organizations – working to promote a comprehensive fire funding fix.   

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