S. Hrg. 114-337: Review of Past Wildfire Seasons to Inform and Improve Future Federal Wildland Fire Management Strategies, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 17, 2015 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the November 17, 2015 hearing on "Hearing to Review Past Wildfire Seasons and Improve Future Federal Wildland Fire Management Strategies," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Lisa Murkowski: "This year's  season is among the most devastating years for wildfires since reliable records began in 1960, coming close to 2006 when an all time high of nearly 9.9 million acres burned. Mega fires, which are the fires over 100,000 acres in size and incomprehensible just decades ago, are becoming the new norm. [...]We must work with our state agencies, our local communities and the public to increase community preparedness and make our forests healthy again. Healthy, resilient forests are fire resistant forests. Yet, despite knowing the value of fuel reduction treatments in mitigating wildfire risks, increasing fire fighter safety and restoring the health of our forests, active management is still often met with a series of discouraging and near insurmountable obstacles. High upfront costs, long planning horizons and regulatory environment requirements, including what seem like unending environmental reviews, are impeding our ability to implement treatments at the pace and the scale these wildfires are occurring." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Anne-Marie Fennel, John Masich, William Wallace Covington, Richard B. Zerkel, Mike Burnett, and Jon Wyss.
S. Hrg. 114-337; Senate Hearing 114-337
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