Adam Aton writes for E&E News that the infrastructure bill protects forests for climate resilience.
- Climate change has made wildfire season longer and drier and government policies have often hindered resiliency efforts.
- The current version of the infrastructure proposal allocates funding for prescribed burns, tree harvesting, and projects that prevent wildfires.
- Fiscally responsible investments in conservation and resiliency are important for lessening the damage that comes from wildfires.
“The bipartisan infrastructure deal moving through the Senate includes at least $5.75 billion for restoring, monitoring and researching forests, according to the legislative text and summary. Beyond money, the package also includes policies that could make it easier to prepare for wildfires.”
Read the full article here.