In 1995, the U.S. Forest Service spent 16 percent of its total budget on fighting fires. Today, it’s 52 percent and growing. What’s changed?
WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 16, 2016 AT 1:45 PM EST - The U.S. Forest Service and Washington State Department of Natural Resources released a report today outlining recommendations on moving forward in firefighting efforts based on lessons learned from the August 19, 2015 Twisp River Fire incident in Washington in which three wildland firefighters lost their lives and four others were injured.
WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 28, 2016 AT 12:45 PM EDT - Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a new partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), and a combined $5 million initial investment, to address catastrophic wildfire risk across 3.5 million acres of private land in order to protect water supplies for Western communities.
By Tom Fry, Western Conservation Director, American Forest Foundation
Tom Fry is the Western Conservation Director of the American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF and the U.S. Forest Service hold a long-standing partnership in pursuit of protecting and conserving the important forest benefits that come from family and individually owned forest lands across the United States and ensuring the next generation of Americans understands and value forests for all the benefits they provide.
Imagine if a hostile country sent an Unmanned Aircraft System or UAS, otherwise known as a drone, to disturb the efforts of firefighters during a catastrophic wildfire.
It’s a pleasure to be here today. Large fires are a timely topic, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss their implications. I’d like to start by thanking the Association for Fire Ecology and the International Association of Wildland Fire for hosting this event, with support from the Joint Fire Science Program.
Worsening Fire Seasons