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Feds propose clearing 900,000 acres of brush in California and Nevada

Added 12-03-21 01:23:02pm EST - “After heated criticism from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and others, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing a large step to clear out overgrowth in western forests.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Feds propose clearing 900,000 acres of brush in California and Nevada”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

After heated criticism from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and others, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing a large step to clear out overgrowth in western forests.

BLM announced Tuesday it’s requesting public feedback on a plan that would see 900,000 acres of fuel cleared from forest on federal land in California and southwest Nevada.

“Wildfires have had catastrophic effects on communities and surrounding public land resources,” said BLM California State Director Karen Mouritsen. “This initiative is designed to reduce the intensity, severity, and spread of wildfire in and around communities, supporting community infrastructure and surrounding lands by reducing hazardous fuels.”

The last two fire seasons have devastated California's forests. According to CalFire data , wildfires scorched 3,083,507 acres so far in 2021 between federal and state ground.

Newsom has increasingly grown more urgent in his tone regarding the federal government’s policy of monitoring new fires on federal land instead of taking action to extinguish them before the small fires are given a chance to grow.

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