Biden-Harris Administration Invests Nearly $200M from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Reduce Wildfire Risk to Communities across State, Private and Tribal Lands

US Department of Agriculture | | March 20, 2023 Release & Contact InfoPress ReleaseRelease No. 0061.23Contact: USDA PressEmail: WASHINGTON, March 20, 2023 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is investing $197 million in 100 project proposals benefiting 22 states and seven tribes, as part of the Community Wildfire […]

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Provides Communities Resources to Bolster Resilience to Wildfires in Advance of 2023 Fire Season

U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, and other agencies continue government-wide effort to protect communities from the threat of wildfires The White House Press Release | | MARCH 20, 2023 Today, Vice President Harris, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and White House Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu announced $197 million in funding […]

USDA to spend $197 million to prepare for wildfires brought on by climate change

Dinah Voyles Pulver | USA TODAY | March 20, 2023 Federal officials announced $197 million in grants on Monday to help more than 100 communities and tribes across the nation become more resilient to wildfire.  The number of acres burned by wildfires in the United States has more than doubled over 30 years, said Vice President Kamala Harris, […]

Hotter and drier conditions limit forest recovery from wildfires

Warmer and drier climate conditions in western U.S. forests are making it less likely that trees can regenerate after wildfires, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. MARCH 6, 2023 | | by The Nature Conservancy, Arizona Importantly, the research also finds that ecologically based forest management can […]

The Canopy | Spring 2023

Thank you for visiting the Communities for Healthy Forests newsletter, “The Canopy”. The October edition features articles “Senator Wyden:Please Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” By Lee Paterson and “Thinning and Prescribed Fire are Critical Tools for Wildfire Risk Reduction,” By Mark Buckbee. Happy reading.


On January 31, 2023, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, in conjunction with Senators Feinstein, Daines, and Padilla, released the federal Wildfire Emergency Act, aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the western United States.    The bill provides up to $250 million to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and wildfire resilience […]

<a href="">To thin or not to thin … it’s really not a question</a>

Fire science and experience over decades of research and field practice have settled on a major prevention tool: fuels reduction. Author Kelly Andersson | | Posted on February 15, 2023 The largest wildfires in the West — often called mega-fires — have increased in both size and number in recent years. The fire season […]

Melissa Cribbins named Executive Director of Communities for Healthy Forests

Melissa Cribbins was named Executive Director of Communities for Healthy Forests on Jan. 1, 2023, succeeding former Douglas County (OR) Commissioner, Doug Robertson. In her first conversation in her new role, Cribbins gave us a picture of her approach to leading CHF into the future. Communities for Healthy Forests: So, congratulations on being the next […]

‘This is a crisis’

COEUR d’ALENE – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s not a question of if western forests will burn, “but a matter of where and when.” By BILL BULEY | Hagadone News Network | January 20, 2023 1:00 AM An aerial view of the Scotch Creek Fire last year. The fire was among those combined into the Kootenai […]