U.S. Forest Service & Wildfires

According to a recently released report, costs to battle ever-increasing and massive wildfires have “decimated” the budget of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) charged with fighting the blazes.

September 13, 2015--No snow: Californian water source at 500-year low (Associated Press)

Snow cover in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a water lifeline for California's cities and agriculture, has hit its lowest level in 500 years, a study said Monday. Measured on April 1, the natural, frozen reservoir was barely five percent of the 1950-2000 average, threatening tens of millions of Californians and the state's $50-billion (44-billion-euro) agriculture sector with ch

August 4, 2015--Wildfires decimate U.S. Forest Service budget (USA Today)

Costs to battle massive, explosive wildfires have decimated the budget of the U.S. Forest Service charged with fighting the blazes, according to a new report released Wednesday. For the first time in its 110-year history, the U.S. Forest Service says it spends more than 50% of its annual budget on firefighting at the expense of other programs to prevent the infernos.

June 13, 2015--White House provides $100 million in aid to drought-stricken West (Washington Post)

As a third of the West copes with severe drought, the Obama administration announced Friday it would provide more than $100 million to help affected communities and combat wildfires in the region. The funding comes on top of the more than $190 million federal agencies have already spent to help communities in the West, and is separate from the at least $1.2 billion the Agriculture Dep

May 8, 2015--California wildfire concerns rise after drought kills 12.5m trees (Guardian)

An astonishing 12.5m trees have died in California, unable to survive a harsh fourth year of drought, according to a US government study. The news of the massive tree die-offs came this week, after the United States Forest Service, a Department of Agriculture agency, released the results of an aerial survey it undertook in April over 8.2m acres of forest.

May 4, 2015--Western towns hard-hit by climate change unite, target coal for funds (Denver Post)

Ten Western mountain towns feeling the effects of climate change are launching a campaign that targets the coal industry, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars a year from companies to help communities adapt.

May 1, 2015--A draft of Colorado’s proposed water plan may not be trickling down to the people? (Colorado Independent)

Water fights run deep in this state, and officials long avoided drafting a plan for what to do about it. But Gov. John Hickenlooper knows avoidance is no longer an option; water is running out. As Colorado’s population rises, the gap between supply and demand is expected to grow to millions of gallons of water per day by 2050.

April 3, 2015--Drought is just the start of California climate woes, says report backed by business heavyweights (Sacramento Business Journal)

California's coastal properties, water supplies, agricultural heartland and overall economy could take huge hits by 2050, and bigger ones later, unless we take "immediate action," warns a report backed by Tom Steyer, Henry Cisneros, Hank Paulson and Michael Bloomberg, among other business and policy honchos.

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