Forest Service, Idaho Work to Boost Logging, Reduce Fire Severity

Plan could help other Western states

 

In this Aug. 21, 2016, file photo, a plane drops a load of fire retardant on the north side of Beacon Hill, in Spokane, Wash. The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged agreements leading to more logging on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states and reduce the severity of wildfires. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review, via AP, File)

 

By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires.

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