The 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act recently introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) provides more than $15 billion for a wide variety of public lands projects that benefit rural communities and wildfire risk communities that includes everything from mechanical thinning and forest restoration to a relief fund for public lands guides and outfitters who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.
The pending legislation provides $5.5 billion to the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management to increase hazardous fuels reduction and thinning efforts, including commercially viable timber, with previously approved and environmentally reviewed projects taking priority. The bill would also create a $9 billion fund to train and hire people to restore watersheds and public lands, plus another $6 billion to put people to work tackling maintenance projects and a maintenance backlog on Forest Service lands. The proposal also includes fire-related funds such as $100 million for agencies to purchase personal protective equipment for their employees, contractors and service workers; $150 million to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program for community forest restoration and fire risk reduction; and another $500 million for restoration projects across federal, state and private lands.
U.S. housing starts in June increased more than 17% over May to an annual rate of 1.186 million, with both single family housing starts (831,000) and multi-family housing starts (350,000) showing big increases, according to the U.S. Census Bureau monthly…
The Board of Cepra-Centro promozionale Acimall, orgaziners of Xylexpo, speaking through its president Lorenzo Primultini, officially canceled the 2020 show on July 6, 2020. Initially scheduled for late May in Milan, Italy, Xylexpo was first…
Organizers of the Timber Processing & Energy Expo announced the cancellation of the event, which was scheduled for September 30 to October 2 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore…
The Conservation Fund has purchased 15,408 acres of Maine woodland from Chadbourne Tree Farms LLC in Oxford County. The primarily white pine tract was assembled by the…
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