TBT: Senator John Kyl on reducing budgets for fuel reduction

Kiabab NF Gov Prairie Rx 1-2014
Kiabab National Forest in Arizona, Government Prairie prescribed fire, January, 2014.

For Throwback Thursday, let’s take another look at an article published on Wildfire Today February 12, 2008 about a topic that is still an issue 12 years later.

Senator John Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, in an article on his web site criticizes the President’s proposed budget for 2009 which reduces the funds allocated for fuel treatments.

“With almost 48 percent of the proposed budget going toward fire fighting, the Forest Service might be more appropriately called the “Fire Service.”

I believe funding for fighting fires must be complemented by adequate funding for preventing them. Proactive management of our forests not only is the best tool in combating wildfires, it is critical to restoring forest health and improving habitats for diverse species.

Typically, there are two complimentary methods of treatment: mechanical thinning of brush and smaller diameter trees, and prescribed burning. These treatments open up forests so they are less susceptible to “hot” crown fires. More importantly, reducing competition for soil nutrients, water, and sunlight immediately enhances the health of the trees, allowing them to grow bigger and fend off diseases and deadly insects like bark beetles.”

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “TBT: Senator John Kyl on reducing budgets for fuel reduction”

  1. One of the big errors of the Obama administration was poor allocation of funding and poor policy decisions relating to wildland fire. Thank you for posting this Bill, it brings attention to what seems to be the only realistic solution to our current situation.

  2. Where is a Senator like John Kyl today? We desperately need that vision for treating our forests, the public’s forests.
    Aside from fire funding, there is also the authority within the 2005 amended KV Act of 1930.


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