National Fire Mangement Strategy Complete, Regional Plans Still In The Works

By Adam Cotterell

The U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior on Wednesday announced a national strategy for preventing and fighting wildfires. It’s been in the works since 2009 but there are still details to be ironed out.

What’s known as the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy focuses on forest restoration to prevent wildfire. It also features a change in how firefighting efforts are paid for in hopes of transferring more money to prevention. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called it a framework that would allow stakeholders to better work together. “And now that this framework is in place, regional subgroups will work together on action plans and next steps," says Vilsack, "which will vary be region and obviously the needs of each region.”

The largest of the three subgroups is the western region which covers 17 states from Kansas and Nebraska to Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
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