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Wyden Pushes For Dealing With Forest Fuel Thinning Projects Backlog

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden pushed for movement on a backlog of forest fuel thinning projects during a committee hearing on Thursday.  In questioning of Forest Service Director of Fire Aviation and Management Shawna Legarza, Wyden was critical of a Forest Service proposal to roll back environmental rules for forest management projects, saying the focus should be on dealing with a backlog of already approved projects to reduce fire risk.  Legarza said they need windows to do prescribed burns and get contracts in place to do the work Wyden describes.