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Oregon, Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Projects Will Get USDA Funds
Oregon, Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Projects Will Get USDA Funds
The USDA announced Tuesday the investment of $48.6 million to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality as well as restore forest ecosystems.  The funds come via the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership.   USDA announced the Forest Service and NRCS will invest in projects, including 14 new projects, bringing together agricultural producers, forest landowners, and National Forest Sys
Legislation Looks To Reduce The Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfires
Legislation Looks To Reduce The Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfires
Four western senators introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires across the region.  The Wildfire Emergency Act, introduced by Oregon’s Ron Wyden, California senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla as well as Montana’s Steve Daines would allow the Forest Service to leverage private financing to accelerate forest restoration projects and create a program
Thune Introduces Bill to Improve Livestock Disaster Assistance
Thune Introduces Bill to Improve Livestock Disaster Assistance
Senators John Thune and Ben Ray Luján recently introduced the Livestock Disaster Assistance Improvement Act.  The bipartisan legislation by the South Dakota Republican and New Mexico Democrat would improve the effectiveness and timeliness of multiple Department of Agriculture programs that assist farmers and ranchers in the aftermath of adverse weather events.  The legislatio...
Great American Outdoors Act Marks Two Years
Great American Outdoors Act Marks Two Years
It's been two years since the Great American Outdoor Act was signed into law.  The legislation was crafted to address many of the Forest Service roads, buildings, bridges, campsites and more had fallen into disrepair. "From years of underfunding and increasing public use," noted Jeffery Vail leads the Forest Service's Great American Outdoor Act implementation team.  He...
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...
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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