Forest Service to invest over $18 million to reduce wildfire risk in Utah

By Paul Nelson
July 4, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is getting a massive amount of money to reduce the risk of wildfire. The USDA Forest Service is reportedly investing over $18 million over the next few years to clear out potential fuels at the ground level. Forestry officials said with the population rising and people living closer to the forests, the need to clear out this land is higher than ever. Families by the dozens made it to the campgrounds in Big Cottonwood Canyon. …The USDA added Uinta-Wasatch-Cache to its list of landscapes on the National Wildfire Crisis Strategy in early 2023, according to the forest’s website. This plan is aimed at protecting watersheds, recreational areas and wildlife by getting rid of fuels and upgrading fire safety measures in roughly 1.1 million acres of land in Utah, which includes about 868,000 acres of forest service land.

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