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Wildland Firefighting: Forest Service Chief Cites Restoration, Jobs, and Wildfire in Senate Budget Testimony

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell highlighted the exceptional value that the Forest Service provides the American public in testimony today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In his testimony on the fiscal year 2014 budget request, Tidwell said the Forest Service is focusing its efforts on three key areas: restoring ecosystems, strengthening communities while providing jobs and managing wildland fires. The President's proposed overall budget for discretionary funding for the Forest Service in fiscal year 2014 is $4.9 billion. It shifts $62 million from key programs to meet the requirement to fund the 10-year rolling average of fire suppression costs. "Th...

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