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Funding for Forest Service and Wildfire Defense

Tuesday, December 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sharon Leach
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Legislation for fiscal 2020 aims to add funding to agriculture and forestry programs, including additional money for wildfire suppression in national forests.

This includes $10.3 million more for clearing hazardous fuels in national forests to cut risk of catastrophic fire in the wildland-urban interface. Plus, it includes another $1.95 billion going toward wildfire fighting efforts, as part of the wildfire disaster fund legislation passed by Congress two years ago. The measure would also increase funding for state and local volunteer firefighting capacity.

(summarized from an E&E News article by Marc Heller 12/17/19)