The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
Many Idahoans, including myself, have called for better management of our forests, but until we reform the way we budget for wildfires, none of the actions we advocate—including thinning, timber harvesting, and active management—can consistently take place. My bill, H.R. 2862, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, would end the disruptive practice of fire borrowing and ensure that the way we budget for fires makes sense. As a result, we will be able to provide adequate funding for both wildfire suppression and land management practices that help to reduce the impacts of catastrophic wildfires in the future.
This bill has received national attention and strong bipartisan support, with 150 cosponsors in the 114th Congress from both sides of the aisle and a coalition of over 240 organizations lending it support. Below I have provided links to information about H.R. 2862, including more details about the bill, answers to FAQs, bill text, and a list of supporting organizations. Passing this legislation will have a significant and long-term impact on both our public lands and on our budget.