Official urges federal, local collaboration on wildfire projects in the West

Posted: Feb 28, 2013

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The Associated Press
Wildfire

As the western U.S. comes off a tough wildfire season, more collaboration is needed to guard against catastrophic fires and to restore charred forests and rangeland, a senior federal official said at a Western Governors’ Association meeting Saturday.

The federal government is accelerating its forest restoration projects and wants communities, utilities and others involved in similar efforts, said Harris Sherman, an undersecretary of the U.S Department of Agriculture who oversees the U.S. Forest Service.

Wildfires burned a near-record 9.1 million acres in the United States this year. Fourteen fires – nearly all in the West – burned more than 100,000 acres.

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