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Recommendation 3: Provide adequate funding for forest management

Problem

The USDA Forest Service currently spends over 45 percent of its annual budget on firefighting efforts. Although our national forestlands provide invaluable ecological goods and services, current budgets are entirely inadequate for effectively implementing adaptive management or promoting ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.

Goal

To fund forest management agencies, particularly the Forest Service, at levels adequate to provide services in addition to firefighting. This funding would support important forest functions (such as providing clean water, clean air, and carbon sequestration) as well as research opportunities and wilderness values.

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