US Forest Service is Spending $10 Million per Day on Oregon Wildfires

Think of how well off Oregonians might have been if we’d simply better managed the forests, productively and sustainably using them for job creation. Instead of spending tax dollars to fight fires, we’d be collecting tax revenues that would be going into our roads and schools. There’s also a significant environmental effect from millions of acres on fire. Carbon emission from a forest fire is not insignificant, and with over a million acres affected in Oregon and Washington, the air quality in the Northwest has most certainly been compromised. We’d be much better off with long-term, family wage jobs in the forest rather than short-term jobs fighting fires. When the forest service budget has tipped to a point where 52% of the budget is being spent on fire suppression, we have a real problem that must be resolved.
www.opb.org/news/article/forest-service-oregon-wil…fires


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