Jarvis: More $$$ Needed to Fight Forest Fires
Federal land managers have been fighting an uphill battle to gain additional funds to reduce the threat of wildfires in the West, according to National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis.
However, according to a posting by National Parks Traveler, recent fires such as the Rim Fire that burned into Yosemite National Park seem to be sending the message to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that more money is needed to reduce fuels, the director said during a recent "National Webchat" with NPS staff across the country.
"My heart goes out to Yosemite National Park, which is dealing with the Rim Fire and to all the National Park Service employees who are currently deployed at Planning Level V. I'm sure we've got hundreds and hundreds of firefighters out there, on the line right now and entire organizations," Director Jarvis said in a response to a question concerning the backlog in "fuel mitigation treatments" — forest thinning and prescribed burns, for example — in the parks.
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