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Soaring firefighting costs limit funds for other needs

 

February 14, 2018



By Tracy Beck

Both nationally and locally, the 2017 wildfire season was unpre-cedented in terms of dollars spent, acres burned, and the duration of the wildfire season.

We will continue to feel the impacts from these fires, including impacts to trails, roads and especially, financially.

As wildfires grow more severe – and costly – the USDA Forest Service overall, including the Willamette National Forest is struggling to adequately fund projects that are important to the land and to our communities because of soaring firefighting costs.

The Forest Service is the only federal agency th...



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