Last spring we had an opportunity to talk with Senator Crapo and the new Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. The national planning rule that governs individual national forests was set to change after 30 years, and we asked the Senator and Chief about it, and included the input of other groups that support or object to the change.
Inspired by an upcoming City Club of Boise presentation on November 30, we’re rebroadcast this episode of Elemental Idaho from February.
The U.S. Forest Service owns and manages 20.4 million acres of national forest land in Idaho. Tidwell says approximately 15 million acres, or roughly 75 percent of these lands, are overgrown and vulnerable to the risk of wildfire.