Remove Brush, Small Trees and Vegetation that Fuel Wildfires

Promise Honored President Obama is keeping the following promise:

"Will place a high priority on implementing cooperative projects to remove brush, small trees and other overgrown vegetation that serve as fuel for wildfires. Barack Obama will focus the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management's efforts on working with local communities on hazardous fuels projects to make communities safer and forests healthier." — Obama-Biden: Committed to Wildfire Management & Community


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Updated: February 25, 2009

Stimulus bill allocates millions to fighting wildfires

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama campaigned vigorously in the Western states, where wildfires are a major public policy issue. The economic stimulus package that he signed during his first month in office gave him an early start on keeping this wildfire promise.

The bill funds "Wildland Fire Management" to the tune of $500 million. The conference report designates $250 million for "hazardous fuels reduction, forest health protection, rehabilitation and hazard mitigation activities on Federal lands" and another $250 million for "cooperative activities to benefit state and private lands." This covers both points on the above promise.


Library of Congress, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 , Sec. 1241

Speaker of the House Web site, Joint Explanatory Statement: Section A, Feb. 12, 2009

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