Before a single drip torch is lit or blade of grass ignited, fire management staff must consult with state or local air quality control officials to negotiate a fine balance between using fire as a restorative tool on the landscape with concerns about smoke and its impacts on public health.
Sometimes, heroes aren’t who we expect. With more than 750 million acres classified as forest land and millions more acres with trees in urban areas, the U.S. population receives a wide array of services and commodities from forests, such as wood and other forest products, recreation, wildlife, clean water, energy and jobs.
Thanks for that introduction. It’s a real pleasure to be here!
These are tough economic times, yet the challenges facing America’s forests and wildlife are as great as they’ve ever been. To meet the challenges, we need to do things differently, to think outside the box, to figure out where our goals might come together so we can leverage our mutual resources.
A great example of where we are already doing that is our partnership with you—the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Welcome! It’s a pleasure to be here. Given the scope and the scale of the forest-related challenges across our continent, I think more bilateral efforts like this are needed. So I welcome this opportunity, and I thank you for joining this dialogue.