The Obama administration’s attempt to divert stimulus money intended for wildfire suppression in the West to urban parks in Washington D.C. was overturned by the U.S. Senate.
The Administration grabbed nearly $3 million off the top off†funds clearly labeled for “Wildland Fire Mitigation” use and funneled it to urban D.C parks under the guise of providing “green jobs”. The funds are sorely needed in western forests inundated by pest infestation and the Senate agreed.
Forests infested with bark and wood bore beetles and other pests present a danger to mountain communities, healthy forest lands and wildland firefighters. Dead and downed trees are kindling layering the forest floor that magnify the effects of fire.
The Senate saw this for what is was, a pilfering and in a rare example of bipartisanship restored the funds where they are needed most. More at the Washington Times.