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USDA Announces Wildfire Prevention Investments
USDA Announces Wildfire Prevention Investments
USDA Announces Wildfire Prevention Investments
Earlier this week, the Department of Agriculture announced the first investment of a $1 billion effort to mitigate wildfire risks as the nation faces an ongoing wildfire crisis.  USDA announced a $197 million investment for 100 projects that benefit 22 states as part of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant program.  The For...
Haaland Slated To Tour Oregon This Weekend
Haaland Slated To Tour Oregon This Weekend
Haaland Slated To Tour Oregon This Weekend
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is scheduled to visit Oregon this weekend.  Senator Jeff Merkley said he’s asked the Secretary for some time to come to the state and talk about important investments in tourism.   “To discuss public recreation on public lands, which, we have these extraordinary lands that are in our collective ownership.  And we want to make sure...
Wyden: The Federal Government Needs To Invest In Fighting Fires
Wyden: The Federal Government Needs To Invest In Fighting Fires
Wyden: The Federal Government Needs To Invest In Fighting Fires
Wildfires took center stage during a Senate Budget Committee hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday.  Oregon’s senior Senator stressed that more must be done on the federal level to prevent wildfires and improve the workforce tasked with battle these blazes when they start.   “These...
Legislation Looks To Reduce The Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfires
Legislation Looks To Reduce The Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfires
Legislation Looks To Reduce The Risk Of Catastrophic Wildfires
Four western senators introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires across the region.  The Wildfire Emergency Act, introduced by Oregon’s Ron Wyden, California senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla as well as Montana’s Steve Daines would allow the Forest Service to leverage private financing to accelerate forest restoration projects and create a program
WSDA Awards $8M To Improve Fairgrounds Statewide
WSDA Awards $8M To Improve Fairgrounds Statewide
WSDA Awards $8M To Improve Fairgrounds Statewide
Unfortunately, it’s a familiar theme at many fairgrounds across the state of Washington; rundown facilities that have seen better days.  But the state Department of Agriculture is trying to help address some of those needs.  The Washington State Department of Agriculture and the State Legislature recognize the importance of Washington’s fairgrounds, especially to the rural, more remote locations a
Prescribed Burns Planned For Washington's Stevens County
Prescribed Burns Planned For Washington's Stevens County
Prescribed Burns Planned For Washington's Stevens County
With the wet and cooler weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is planning a prescribed burn for 240 acres of state land located about seven miles north of Deer Park.  DNR hopes to start that burn Monday.   The prescribed fires will help control the amount of fuel available for wildfires, improve the health of older trees and support new and current wildlife habitats.  A rec

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