Tree Frog Forestry News

Wildfire suppression hot topic at public lands meeting

By Kerri Sandaine
The Lewiston Tribune
January 10, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington state’s commissioner of public lands paid her first visit to Asotin County on Wednesday night to discuss wildfire suppression, forest management and rural economic development at a gathering in the Clarkston Heights. Hilary Franz, who was elected in 2016, manages about 6 million acres of public lands in the state and leads its largest firefighting force. “I don’t hit, I don’t bite, but I do have a black belt,” Franz said to a group of foresters, elected officials, fire chiefs and ranchers. …Franz’s focus has been on forest health, fire suppression and wildfire prevention. She will be seeking $55 million in the coming legislative session to address resource gaps in her department.

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