Wildfire Season

Forest Restoration
10:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Top federal official urges forest restoration – and warns of severe fire season

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Arthur "Butch" Blazer
Credit Bob Nichols, USDA

Growing up on the Mescalero Apache Indian reservation in New Mexico, Arthur "Butch" Blazer hunted and fished and spent all his time outdoors. He translated that love of the outdoors into a career, as a natural resources manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then as the first Native American appointed state forester for New Mexico, and now as the Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture - where he oversees the U.S. Forest Service.

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Climate Week 2013
2:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Facing the firestorm: what is your responsibility?

Lolo Creek Complex fires merging across Highway 12
Sally Mauk

Our warming climate is changing the forests of the American West - making them more susceptible to disease and to fire. Years of fire suppression have also built up forest fuels, causing the fires to be more intense and harder to control.

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Steve Daines
2:16 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Congressman Daines wants to cut timber--and food benefits

Republican Congressman Steve Daines

Montana’s Congressman Steve Daines is touting a bill he is cosponsoring which would increase logging on national forest lands.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act passed the U.S. House last Friday.

Supporters say the bill would boost local economies near forest land and help lower the risk of catastrophic wildfires like those seen near Yosemite National Park this summer.

But, the bill faces some stiff opposition, including from the Obama Administration.

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