Washington Report

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Interior Advances Forest Management Plans

The Interior Department has set out a plan for increased forest cuts and other "active management" approaches in federal forests to reduce wildfire risks.

In a secretarial order, No. 3372, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke set out a series of deadlines to identify and remove environmental hurdles for forest management projects, identify salvage logging projects and begin other measures to mitigate wildfire risks on public lands.

The details methods of forest management, including mowing, thinning, timber salvage and application of pesticides. The Interior document suggests stepped-up logging in national parks, and it specifically mentions salvage logging in areas affected by wildfires, insect infestation and disease in 2017 and 2018.

Department of Interior Secretarial Order