To better contain and suppress wildfire activity the U.S. Forest Service says her department has to treat more land and “up their game”. Chief, Vicki Christiansen recently said between two to three acres of national forest land are treated for wildfire prevention annually. She added, even with strategic planning of treatment in selected fire sheds, modeling reveals that in order to treat an additional 20 million acres to create forest resiliency.
“We would have to add another 2.65 million acres a year for the next 10 years to execute this strategy.”
She also notes additional benefits beyond reducing wildfire activity.
“It would create, we estimate, between 300,000 to 575,000 jobs and of course protect significant communities and small businesses and enhance local economies.”
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