Forest thinning could boost Sierra water yields, researchers say (copy)

The federal government plans to spend nearly $1 billion to thin forests in parts of the West.

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration on Thursday will announce $930 million for reducing wildfire danger in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, as officials struggle to contain destructive infernos that are being made worse by climate change.

Under a strategy now entering its second year, the U.S. Forest Service is trying to prevent out-of-control fires that start on public lands from raging through communities. But in an interview with The Associated Press,  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledged that the shortage of workers that's been plaguing other sectors of the economy is hindering the agency's wildfire efforts.

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