Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that accommodating the rapid rise in firefighting costs has harmed an array of conservation efforts.
Agreements that limit landowner liabilities under the Endangered Species Act can still be challenged
Lawsuits against timber projects on federal lands have left the industry at least 60 million board-feet short of capacity, and that mills are operating well below capacity.
Lawmakers from both parties generally agree the current funding model is broken. They say it’
“It’s not always possible to please everybody,” said Robert Bonnie, the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture’s Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. He oversees the Forest Service.