Firefighting costs eat into U.S. Forest Service budget for recreation

durangoherald.com

WASHINGTON – Efforts to combat larger and more severe wildfires mean less money for other U.S. Forest Service endeavors – including recreation, members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources noted at a hearing Tuesday on the agency’s 2017 budget request.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., a committee member, said it’s difficult for the Forest Service to keep up with the growing recreation industry – particularly skiing in Colorado – that uses Forest Service lands. He specifically pointed to the lack of resources at the White River National Forest in Colorado as an example of the Forest Service’s inability to adequately partner with local industry.

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