Secretary Vilsack talks 10-year wildfire management plan
Wildfires continue to burn rural land in several parts of the country. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently went on a western state tour; he spoke about the latest initiatives to help manage future fires.
“An initiative to plant 1.2 billion trees in our national forests over the next ten years. Our ten-year plan is certainly the beginning to allow us to work with the state and partnership to implement that plan. We’ve identified ten priority landscapes. We expect and anticipate more priority landscapes will be announced over the course of the next several years and we will invest literally hundreds of millions of dollars in this initiative,” Vilsack states.
Vilsack says that Congress lifted the cap on the REPLANT Act, which will provide three to four times the resources to plant more trees.