A CALL TO ACTION
A National Crisis: Lack of Forest Management Resulting in Destructive Wildfires [and Global Degradation]
Updated to include considerations pertaining to COVID-19
Michael T. Rains
“This Call to Action is designed to reduce the impacts of large, intense wildfires on people’s lives, their communities, and lands along a rural to urban gradient resulting from lack of management of America’s forests. The results of this Call to Action will have positive global impacts, as well. The goal is to advance this Call to Action to key decision-makers [i.e., the President of the United States; Members of Congress; USDA Secretary; DOI Secretary; and other leaders] – as a Petition in order to secure support, advancement and finally, deployment.”
A CALL TO ACTION…
Our petition, Michael Rains’ Backgrounder, and links to the five supporting letters and reports signed by NAFSR chairman, Jim Caswell – appear below. Mr. Caswell spent 33 years in various capacities with the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bonneville Power Administration. The reports are addressed to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, to whom the Forest Service reports.
These reports are best read in the following order:
- Michael Rains’ Backgrounder
- NAFSR’s April 8, 2019 cover letter to Secretary Perdue concerning an Executive Order that Rains had written for President Trump’s signature.
- NAFSR’s April 8, 2019 position paper supporting the Executive Order
- NAFSR’s July 26 cover letter Secretary Perdue concerning lagging workforce capacity in the Forest Service
- NAFSR’s July 26 position paper explaining the inadequate staffing and funding in the Forest Service, both directly related to the fact that more than half the Forest Service’s annual budget is now allocated to the soaring cost of wildfire.
- NAFSR’s August 6 response to proposed changes in the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], which was last modified about 20 years ago. An update is necessary to accommodate increasing pace and scale in national forest restoration work.
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