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Biden administration announces $500 million to combat wildfires

The Biden administration has announced new investments to help combat wildfires.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack calls this an important day as $500 million is being invested into the agency’s Forest Service Wildfire Crisis Strategy.

“Several years ago the U.S. Forest Service established a science-based roadmap for reducing the risk of hazardous fires. We established 21 priority landscapes, and within those landscapes roughly 250 key fire sheds for investments.”

He says tools and resources to protect lives and livelihoods will be delivered across a vast, shared landscape.

“Fortunately, because of the President’s leadership with the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law and Inflation Reduction Act, received an historic down payment investment in forest health.”

The program will allow national forests in 24 qualifying states including Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Arkansas, and Kentucky, to build local capacity for projects to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health.

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