Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill makes the following modifications to the existing "Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act" (act) and, specifically, the grant program funded by the act:
- Currently, grant applicants are required to self-finance 50% of the cost of a project funded by a grant. The bill, in the case of a project that is located in an area with fewer economic resources, lessens this requirement so that grant applicants are required to self-finance 25% of the total cost of the project. The forest service is required to establish a policy that specifies the criteria by which a project will satisfy such requirements.
- Permits a grant project eligible to receive funding to support ongoing maintenance efforts undertaken by eligible recipients to reduce the threat of large, high-intensity wildfires.
- Adds to the list of recipients eligible to receive grant funding a fire protection district and a nonprofit organization or entity engaged in firefighting or fire management activities.
- Extends the date by which the grant program will be repealed to September 1, 2029.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)