Secretary Purdue thanks Congress for fire funding fix

Wildland fireghter trains water from a hose on blazing tree stump as sparks fly
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue in an undated USDA photo

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue. USDA photo.

WASHINGTON D.C — March 23, 2018 —  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his appreciation for the work of Congress in approving a bipartisan fix for the way the USDA Forest Service is funded for fighting wildfires today.

Secretary Perdue had advocated for the change since taking office in April 2017.

Congress included the solution in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Package, which has been signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.

“Improving the way we fund wildfire suppression will help us better manage our forests. If we ensure that we have adequate resources for forest management, we can mitigate the frequency of wildfires and severity of future fire seasons,” Perdue said

DZD9m6qWsAAFSsjInterim USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen thanked Secretary Purdue for his efforts in meeting with Congress to support the bipartisan effort.

“This solution will allow us to focus on getting work done on the ground more consistently to improve overall forest health and keep wildfires from threatening lives, homes, and communities,” she said.

Press release: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/03/23/secretary-perdue-applauds-fire-funding-fix-omnibus?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=

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