Don’t let this federal wildfire fix go up in smoke

By the Editorial Board
Tri-City Herald
November 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington state officials recently released a 20-year plan to improve the health of our forests and reduce wildfires. …Now it’s time for federal lawmakers to do their part. …The proposal would accelerate the environmental review process for certain management practices like logging, controlled burns and salvaging timber. But that seems to be a sticking point with many lawmakers in the Senate, including Washington state’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. . …Whatever the differences, the goal of both the House and Senate proposals is the same: to make our forests healthy once again, and to prevent them from burning up year after year. Federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle need to find a way to compromise. If state policymakers representing over 30 groups can find a way to agree on a forest restoration plan, then so can they.

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