Visiting the Utah Federalism Commission today, hearing from State Forester on catastrophic wildfire suppression strategies and other state efforts to deal with failing federal policies that place public lands, economy, and communities in peril.

DNR Director Cottam reported that for every $1 spent on pre-suppression work (ie thinning, selective logging, vegetation management) you can save $17 in direct suppression costs, and $450 to $500 in total damages. Unfortunately, WA DC spends 80 to 90% of forest service funding on lawsuits and fighting wildfires AFTER they ignite.

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By jenniferfieldermt

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