USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

Posted: Mar 7, 2013

Written by

ROB CHANEY, Missoulian
Wildfire

The U.S. Forest Service expects to shoulder $212 million in sequestration cuts this year, but no one can say how that might play out at the local level.

An email from that office provided a Feb. 5 letter from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the Senate Appropriations Committee outlining the agency’s general plans. “The information in the letter is what we have available at this time,” department spokeswoman Stephanie Chan wrote in the email. “Also, at this time we do not have USDA state-by-state impacts, but the White House put out state-by-state numbers.”

The White House statement also had no Forest Service examples. Vilsack’s letter broke the Forest Service’s cuts into two categories: wildland fire management and the National Forest System. He proposed cutting $134 million from wildland fire.

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