State Foresters applaud FLAME Act, urge quick passage by Congress

House and Senate leaders introduced bipartisan legislation this week designed to alleviate funding problems caused by emergency wildland fire costs. The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act (FLAME Act) (H.R. 1404) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Norm Dicks (D-WA), Mike Simpson (R-ID), and Greg Walden (R-OR). Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) co-sponsored the Senate bill. NASF supports the bill and applauds these Congressional leaders for working to solve one of the nation’s most pressing forest conservation problems.