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Responsible Forest Management Helps Prevents Catastrophic Wildfires
Active Federal Management of Hazardous Fuels is Imperative

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2013 - National forests are in an unhealthy and dangerous state resulting in larger and more intense wildfires. In 2012, wildfires burned 9.3 million acres, while the U.S. Forest Service only harvested approximately 200,000 acres.

This means that 44 times as many acres burned as were responsibly harvested and restored. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 65-82 million acres of Forest Service Lands are at “high risk of wildfires.”

Learn more by watching today’s hearing on wildfire and forest management at


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