For years the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) have “robbed from Peter to pay Paul,” by transferring money out of vital agency programs and services in order to fund wildfire suppression costs. This practice is negatively affecting land management programs including those that decrease long-term wildfire risk and costs.
A broad coalition of conservation, timber, tribal, recreation, sportsmen and employer groups praised Representatives Simpson (R-ID) and Schrader (D-OR) for introducing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 3992) that would create an emergency funding process for fire response.
Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and expand your knowledge about effective wildfire hazard mitigation techniques at the upcoming 2-day workshop on March 1-2 sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation & Development Council and the Missouri Department of Conservation's Forestry Division.
Fire seasons around the country are going to be harder to predict this year, with unusual, colder temperatures in the Lower-48 and warmer temperatures in Alaska. Maggie Hess and Meteorologist Heidi Strader (from the Alaska DNR and AICC Predictive Services, respectively) remind us that key factors for fire season include June temperatures, lightning distribution, and the timing of rainfall in August as well as these larger driving weather patterns that create extended periods of hot/dry conditions, or cool/wet conditions. T
In 2011, the Bastrop State Park in Bastrop County, Texas was scarred by a massive wildfire that destroyed 96% of the park, 32,000 acres of land and over 1,600 homes. This February, Aggie Replant, a Texas A&M student organization, will return for a second year to help repopulate the damaged landscape in a multi-weekend effort to plant 10,000
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