Southwest institutes receive $16 million in federal infrastructure funds to map and assess national wildfire mitigation efforts

Northern Arizona University Review
October 27, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Research institutes in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico signed a $16.47-million agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to map forest treatments and measure their effectiveness in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The money is directed from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in November 2021 and is a part of the $5.4 billion allocated in the bill for wildfire mitigation and forest restoration. The funds go to the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes, or SWERI, which were congressionally authorized in 2004 to ensure that best available science is used in the development, implementation and monitoring of forest restoration treatments. …A challenge facing many policymakers, land management agencies and the research community has been a lack of access to past, current and future fuel treatment data, along with a need to understand the effectiveness of fuel treatments before, during and after wildfires occur. 

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