Undersecretary highlights forest restoration effort in Senate testimony


Special to The SUN

In testimony Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama administration continues to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and management on public forest lands, but the shift of funds from management, recreation and conservation programs to fight wildfires threatens to cripple the agency.

“The U.S. Forest Service is accelerating restoration and management of the national forests, despite budgetary challenges, though we agree more must be done,” said Bonnie. “The good news is that the agency is making significant progress.”

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