Funding Wildland Firefighting: Sportsmen Win One for Better National Forest Management

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Griping about politicians in Washington D. C. is a beloved American pastime, but sometimes it’s worth noting when our elected representatives do something right.

Recent changes in how America pays to fight and manage wild fires should result in better management of America’s national forests – 194 million acres that millions of American families depend upon for hunting and fishing.

Here’s the deal: The Forest Service is not only one of America’s largest public land managers, it’s also America’s largest fire department. Smokey Bear has been extra busy lately. In recent decades, the difficulty and costs of wildland firefighting have skyrocketed, driven by several factors. One, more and more people are building homes in the “rural/wildland interface,” which makes

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