Forest and Timber

Battle to Curtail Western Wildfires
Battle to Curtail Western Wildfires
With summer here, the Forest Services is warning that the west is approaching the most intense part of the wildfire season.  Forest Service Chief Randy Moore mentioned in recent testimony before the senate Energy Committee.  Notable in the context of an already fast start to the 2022 western wildfire season, featuring extreme fire activity in the Southwest. "They...
Lawmakers Request Full Funding for the PILT Program in Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Bill
Lawmakers Request Full Funding for the PILT Program in Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Bill
Earlier this week, a group of 30 Senators urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Payments in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT program, for fiscal year 2023. The program provides payments to counties with non-taxable federal land within their borders to offset the lost property tax revenue ...
Prescribed Fire Processes In National Forests
Prescribed Fire Processes In National Forests
Prescribed fires are one tool in the toolbox of land managers, such as the US Forest Service, to mitigate future wildfire incidents and foster improved forest health. Its a method that goes as planned almost 99% of the time. Yet, as US Forest Service Chief Randy Moore recently explained, "We have noticed that there may be a slight trend in the number of fires that are escaping containment ..
Forest Service Ready For A Rough Fire Season
Forest Service Ready For A Rough Fire Season
In the 2023 fiscal year budget request, the U.S. Forest Service is asking Congress for roughly $1 billion more than this current year's budget. "This investment supports the agency's ten year strategy to confront the nation's wildfire crisis," noted Forest Service Chief Randy Moore, who said the plan to remove hazardous fuels from forests and reduce the wildfire risk as a long term strat

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