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Resolution Looks To Allow Firefighters To Use Retardant In 2023
Resolution Looks To Allow Firefighters To Use Retardant In 2023
Resolution Looks To Allow Firefighters To Use Retardant In 2023
On Tuesday, central Washington’s Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Western Caucus, and California’s Doug LaMalfa, Vice Chair, introduced the Forest Protection and Wildland Firefighter Safety Act of 2023.  In addition House Legislation, companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Wyoming's Cynthia Lummis.   Supporters o...
USDA Announces Wildfire Prevention Investments
USDA Announces Wildfire Prevention Investments
USDA Announces Wildfire Prevention Investments
Earlier this week, the Department of Agriculture announced the first investment of a $1 billion effort to mitigate wildfire risks as the nation faces an ongoing wildfire crisis.  USDA announced a $197 million investment for 100 projects that benefit 22 states as part of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant program.  The For...
Merkley Wants More Funding For USFS
Merkley Wants More Funding For USFS
Merkley Wants More Funding For USFS
Oregon’s junior senator is pushing for more funding for the U.S. Forest Service.  Jeff Merkley Chairs the Interior Subcommittee, which held hearings last week on the Administration’s proposed budget for the Forest Service.  That funding has do...
Schrier Hosts Farm Bill Listening Event In Puyallup
Schrier Hosts Farm Bill Listening Event In Puyallup
Schrier Hosts Farm Bill Listening Event In Puyallup
Washington representative Kim Schrier kicked off a tour of the 8th district Friday with a Farm Bill listening session in western Washington.  Schrier said regardless of where she goes in the district, there are certain themes of the Farm Bill that always rise to the top.   “...
Haaland Slated To Tour Oregon This Weekend
Haaland Slated To Tour Oregon This Weekend
Haaland Slated To Tour Oregon This Weekend
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is scheduled to visit Oregon this weekend.  Senator Jeff Merkley said he’s asked the Secretary for some time to come to the state and talk about important investments in tourism.   “To discuss public recreation on public lands, which, we have these extraordinary lands that are in our collective ownership.  And we want to make sure...
Wyden: The Federal Government Needs To Invest In Fighting Fires
Wyden: The Federal Government Needs To Invest In Fighting Fires
Wyden: The Federal Government Needs To Invest In Fighting Fires
Wildfires took center stage during a Senate Budget Committee hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday.  Oregon’s senior Senator stressed that more must be done on the federal level to prevent wildfires and improve the workforce tasked with battle these blazes when they start.   “These...
Legislation Looks To Reduce The Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfires
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
Oregon Puts Wildfire Risk Map On Hold
Oregon Puts Wildfire Risk Map On Hold
Oregon Puts Wildfire Risk Map On Hold
The Oregon Department of Forestry was scheduled to release the next draft of the controversial Wildfire Risk Map in March, but that has been put on hold, thanks to action by state lawmakers.  Under 2021’s Senate Bill 762, ODF was charged with the creation of the map, but the first draft that was released in August proved so unpopular statewide, the Department pumped the breaks for another six mont
ODF Reports SB 762 Success
ODF Reports SB 762 Success
ODF Reports SB 762 Success
A delay in the state’s wildfire risk map may have put a portion of Senate Bill 762 on hold.  But another part of that legislation that looks to mitigate wildfires is enjoying some success.   SB762 set aside $20 million in grants for nonprofits, local governments, conservation districts, private landowners and federal partners to make their landscapes more resistant to wildfire.  Grant Coordinator

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