A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is urging $1.52 billion in federal stimulus funds be directed to management efforts in national forests.
Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo (R) and Jim Risch (R) note many national forests are susceptible to catastrophic fire after decades of vigilant fire suppression efforts have led to abnormally thick forests.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D) has predicted forest management efforts would create 50,000 new jobs.
James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.