Idaho’s forests discussed before Congressional Committee on Natural Resources

“Managed forests are healthy forests”
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Idaho Forest(Idaho Department of Lands)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 8:13 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — During the House Committee on Natural Resources discussion regarding the status of drought conditions throughout the western United States, Idaho State Forester Craig Foss discussed Idaho’s forests.

He shared efforts made in the Gem State with regards to treating and restoring the most at-risk Federal lands.

“Managed forests are healthy forests, better able to withstand wildfire, pests and drought, and more capable of storing carbon, providing clean air, water, wildlife habitat, economic and recreational opportunities, and countless other benefits,” said Foss.

He additionally stressed that forests, water and people are dependent on one another.

Foss spoke about how Idaho’s forest restoration work is benefitted by having a strong forest industry, including lumber mills, logging contractors, forestry consultants, as well as, seedling nurseries.

“The goal of forest restoration is the removal of dead and dying trees, and thinning of overcrowded forests and ladder fuels contributing to wildfire spread, assuring the remaining healthy trees have access to increasingly limited water supplies, and more water available for aquifer recharge,” Foss said.

Foss was one of five government witnesses during the hearing held virtually by the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

The full oversight hearing entitled “The Status of Drought Conditions Throughout the Western United States.” can be found here.

Idaho Department of Lands State Forester Craig Foss’ full testimony can be found here.

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