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Wildland Firefighting: U.S. Forest Service Restoration Program Improved 800K Acres of Forest in 2012

A major U.S. Forest Service pilot program treated some 800,000 acres of federal forestland to help protect them from catastrophic wildfire in 2012, and improved the condition of three major watersheds in the interior West. The Integrated Resource Restoration program exceeded or met its goals in almost every performance category, decommissioning 738 miles of roads, enhancing 933 miles of stream habitat and resulting in the sale of more than 850,000 cubic board feet of timber. "Integrated Resource Restoration allows us to be more efficient and strategic in how we manage our forests and grasslands," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "We see this program as a model fo...

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