By Jaime Herrera Beutler
US Congresswoman 

Forest management needs a new outlook and approach


It only takes a quick look in the newspaper to know that this year’s wildfire season has been bad—endangering communities, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of forest, and costing millions of dollars to contain the destructive flames. Over the past 20 years the U.S. Forest Service has had to more than double the resources necessary to fight wildfires. Each year, they drain their wildfire fighting budget and must dip into funds marked for maintenance work in our national forests. The result is disease and fire-prone forests and an even greater risk of catastrophic wildfire.

It’s time to change how we combat wildfires in the short term, and do more to prevent catastrophic fir...

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