Washington, DC (April 27, 2007)- Five retired Forest Service Chiefs spoke out this week to Congress regarding the need for better budgeting to protect the nation’s forests from fire risk. As forest fires have become more intense and costly, the Forest Service has had to borrow money from other programs, such as Research and State and Private Forestry to cover fire-fighting expenses. Former Chiefs heading the agency from 1979 to 2007 urged Congress to finance emergency firefighting outside of the FS discretionary budget, and expressed concern with the Administration’s FY 2008 budget for non-fire related programs.
The attached statement was submitted for the public record of the House Interior and related appropriations subcommittee. It was also sent as a letter to the Chairman and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture, Appropriations, Budget, and Natural Resource Committees. It was sent to the Chairman and ranking members of the subcommittees with jurisdiction over the Forest Service.
Fire Funds Statement