LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate)—Senator Jon Tester is defending Montana fire experts and calling on the U.S. Forest Service to allow them to present their research at a national wildfire conference.
Tester is demanding that Missoula Fire Lab scientists be allowed to travel to the International Fire Ecology and Management Congress Conference later this month. The Forest Service is reportedly denying requests for Montana fire scientists to attend the conference where critical research will be shared after a catastrophic wildfire season.
“The 2017 wildfire season is the most expensive one in history,” Tester wrote in a letter to Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke. “In Montana alone, we’ve seen more than 1.2 million acres burned by wildfires, with enormous impacts to our state’s outdoor economy, destroyed homes and property, and the tragic loss of two firefighters. Now is the time for us to invest in better understanding wildfire and forest management, not silencing Montana voices who have seen wildfire firsthand.”
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