Location: SCR 357
U.S. Forest Service Funding and Permit Issues
WILDFIRE MATTERS REVIEW COMMITTEE
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10:16 AM -- U.S. Forest Service Funding and Permit Issues
Curtis Heaton, Director of Safety, Fire, and Aviation Management, U.S. Forest Service, spoke on forest mitigation and response programs. He discussed the mitigation projects on U.S. forest land, including mechanical treatment and prescribed fires. Mr. Heaton discussed the need to expand prescribed fire programs and that a million acres have been identified for mitigation.
Mr. Heaton spoke on the air quality control permitting process.
Mr. Heaton answered questions from the committee regarding the air quality control permits. He also answered questions regarding access to forests. He discussed the importance of streamlining the process of government contracts for private businesses.
Mr. Heaton answered questions from the committee regarding the fire risks of standing dead trees. He spoke on the challenges for accessing and mitigating some forests.