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Main Title Forest fire/wildfire protection /
Author Gorte, Ross W.
Publisher Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress,
Year Published 2008
OCLC Number 214072138
Subjects Forests and forestry--Fire management--United States ; Forest reserves--Fire management--United States ; Wilderness areas--Fire management--United States ; Forest fires--Law and legislation--United States ; Forests and forestry--Fire management--Government policy--United States ; Rangelands--Fire management--Government policy--United States ; Wildfires--Government policy--United States
Internet Access
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM POD Internet only Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 03/28/2008
Collation 27 pages : digital, PDF file.
"Updated January 17, 2008." Includes bibliographical references. Cover title taken from PDF title screen (viewed March 26, 2008).
Contents Notes
Congress continues to face questions about forestry practices, funding levels, and the federal role in wildland fire protection. Several recent fire seasons have been, by most standards, among the worst in the past half century. National attention began to focus on wildfires when a prescribed burn in May 2000 escaped control and burned 239 homes in Los Alamos, N.M. President Clinton responded by requesting a doubling of wildfire management funds, and Congress enacted much of this proposal in the FY2001 Interior Appropriations Act (P.L. 106-291). President Bush responded to the severe 2002 fires by proposing a Healthy Forests Initiative to reduce fuel loads by expediting review processes. Many factors contribute to the threat of wildfire damages. Two major factors are the decline in forest and rangeland health and the expansion of residential areas into wildlands -- the urban-wildland interface. Over the past century, aggressive wildfire suppression, as well as past grazing and logging practices, have altered many ecosystems, especially those where light, surface fires are frequent. Many areas now have unnaturally high fuel loads (e.g., dead trees and dense thickets) and an historically unnatural mix of plant species (e.g., exotic invaders).