The National Association of State Foresters recently adopted a resolution supporting reforms to federal forest policies:
“The current level of active management on federal forest lands is insufficient to address the scope, scale and pace needed to restore these forests to a more resilient condition. Uncharacteristically large and intense wildfires and insect epidemics are impacting federal forest lands in acreages that dwarf the agencies’ accomplishments in actively managing forests to improve their resiliency.
“Compounding the problem, rural forested communities and counties near federal lands are experiencing high unemployment where jobs were historically linked with forest-derived industries and services. This creates declining incomes and budgets for schools, infrastructure, and other essential government services.”