Ravalli County Collaborative releases Fire Position Statement

By Jessica Abell
Ravalli Republic
January 3, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Ravalli County Collaborative has released a position statement regarding wildfire and prescribed burning, forest management and the use of tools available to manage national forests. The consensus document outlines the group’s vision and forest management recommendations. “This is a hard-fought document,” retired wildlife biologist and collaborative co-chair Steve Schmidt said. “We worked on this for months.”  …The Ravalli County Collaborative (RCC) is an ideologically diverse group of individuals from throughout the Bitterroot Valley with backgrounds ranging from wildlife biology, forestry and agriculture to conservationists, legal authorities and local elected representatives. …State Rep. Wayne Rusk (R) HD-88, of Corvallis, co-chairs the collaborative with Schmidt. He stressed the importance of finding consensus within the group. …Schmidt said it’s important for the public to be aware and engage on the issue because the Bitterroot Valley is one of the most at-risk communities for wildfire in the country.

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