Friedman says this year’s funding already has been appropriated by Congress, but it will take a little longer for the work to get under way.
“We do have to create the projects that allow the guys in yellow hats to get busy. So, I’d say by this fall, we should be putting that money to work on the ground.”
Friedman says the priorities are decommissioning many miles of old logging roads and thinning small-diameter trees from overcrowded stands which have become fire hazards.
Vilsack announced a total of more than $44 million in accelerated forest-restoration funding in 13 states.
More information on the group is online at newforestrycoalition.org.