Irresponsible wildfire funding is burning up the budget

In 1991, wildfire management accounted for 13 percent of the US Forest Service budget. Today, it is almost 50 percent. Congress’ irresponsible approach to paying for wildfire suppression is eating up funds that would otherwise go to important conservation programs, including programs intended to reduce the costs and severity of future wildfires.

For years, the Forest Service has had to borrow billions of dollars from critical conservation programs to fund wildfire suppression when Congress doesn’t allocate enough dollars, and has then been forced to rely on Congress to pass emergency funding bills to repay the programs that were raided. This is no way to budget for natural disasters, and it runs completely counter to how we budget for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and all other natural disasters.

Congress has a critical opportunity to fix wildfire funding before they leave town in August. Tell Congress to support the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (S. 1875 in the Senate and H.R. 3992 in the House). If they don’t, all other conservation programs are at risk of being raided again this summer, including popular programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Legacy Roads and Trails program, and the National Landscape Conservation System.

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