Forest reform package would fund wildfires like other natural disasters, Montana delegation says

By | March 23, 2018

A plane drops a defensive line of retardant on the Bridge Coulee fire in the Lodgepole Complex near Sand Springs on July 23. REBECCA NOBLE, Gazette Staff

The Missoulian reports that Montana’s congressional delegation says reforms to forest management, including an end to “fire borrowing,” will be included in must-pass legislation this week. On a media call Wednesday, Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte detailed a forest reform package as part of an omnibus bill, which includes funding wildfires similarly to other natural disasters. The reform ends fire borrowing — the practice of using funds from other programs such as trail maintenance to pay for fires that exceed budgets. Under the changes, when fire budgets run dry, agencies may tap into natural disaster funding rather than their own budgets. Read the full story here.

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