Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service for taking steps to improve the planning process for forest management projects ahead of the 2019 fire season.
“Currently, upwards of 70 percent of forest project costs go into planning. Streamlining that process will extend resources to get more work done in the woods and reduce the threat of wildfire and smoke to our communities. The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Forest Service found that active forest management can reduce the size and intensity of wildfires by 70 percent. It is time to follow the science and update policies to speed up forest management, and the Forest Service is taking important steps towards getting that done.”
— Capital Press