S. Hrg. 114-361: Improving Interagency Forest Management to Strengthen Tribal Capabilities for Responding to and Preventing Wildfires and S. 3014, a Bill to Improve the Management of Indian Forest Land, and for Other Purposes, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 8, 2016 [open pdf - 405KB]
This is the June 8, 2016 hearing on "Improving Interagency Forest Management to Strengthen Tribal Capabilities for Responding to and Preventing Wildfires and S. 3014, a Bill to Improve the Management of Indian Forest Land, and for Other Purposes," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the opening statement of the Honorable John Barrasso, U.S. Senator from Wyoming, "As the 2016 wildfire season begins, we take this opportunity to examine current Federal laws and policies in place that strengthen tribal capabilities and capacity for responding to and preventing wildfires on tribal lands. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, last year approximately 4.8 million acres of Federal land managed by the Department of the Interior burned as a result of wildland fires. Of that amount, over a half-million acres of Bureau of Indian Affairs land burned due to wildfires. [...]The Department of the Interior carries out the trust responsibilities to manage and protect Indian forests. The Department of Agriculture, specifically the U.S. Forest Service, is the primary neighbor of Indian lands, with over 4,000 miles of shared boundaries. Over 18 million acres of forests are located on over 305 Indian reservations in 24 States. These forests are vital to many Indian and rural communities. They provide a foundation for job creation, economic development, and cultural preservation. However, one fire can destroy all of that." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Black, James Hubbard, Carole Lankford, and William Nicholson.
S. Hrg. 114-361; Senate Hearing 114-361
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