Healthy Forest Initiative Passes

Casper, Wy – Lawmakers on Capital Hill reached an agreement yesterday over President Bush's Healthy Forests Initiative. The compromise would devote 780-million dollars to reduce the risk of the massive wildfires that have been seen in recent years. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth was in Casper Thursday speaking at the Wyoming Heritage Foundation Forum. Bosworth is pleased the legislation is moving forward again.
The compromise reportedly looks more like the version passed by the US Senate, so it calls for 50-percent of the thinning work to be done in areas where communities border a forest. The legislation would also streamline the approval process for thinning projects and limit appeals and environmental reviews.