Friday, July 28, 2017

This Affects YOU: Live in a State with Wildfires? Proposed Cuts To Forest Service Loom

Budgets to fight U.S. Wildfires to be cut
In the latest "This affects YOU" blog, for anyone that lives in areas prone to wildfires (like all of the western  and southern U.S.), the proposed budget from the White House Slashes the budget of the U.S. Forest Service who fight the fires to keep YOU safe.
  Here's the story from the Huffington Post:

As California weathered 14 major wildfires on July 10th amid an intense heat wave, it couldn’t be clearer that the state needed equipped firefighters, modern wildfire prevention efforts and funding for wildfire research.
   But the budget for those programs hangs in the balance, despite evidence that climate change has already contributed to the ever-worsening wildfire seasons in California and beyond. Under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, the U.S. Forest Service, or USFS, will face a $300 million reduction to its wildfire fighting programs, another $50 million in cuts to its wildfire prevention efforts and a 23 percent reduction to funding for volunteer fire departments.
    Trump’s proposal to cut funding for the Volunteer Fire Assistance program $15 million to $11.6 million is also troubling, firefighter advocate groups say. More communities are finding that volunteer firefighters are vital to improving hasty response efforts as residents of fire-prone areas learn to coexist with wildfires.
Members of the House and Senate are currently reviewing Trump’s budget proposal.
“I hope Congress will reject the harmful budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, and step up and pass legislation to address these critical issues as soon as possible,” Rachel Cleetus, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ lead economist, wrote last month. “People who live in wildfire-prone areas — whether in California, Arizona, Alaska, or Georgia — cannot afford further delays or back-sliding.”

Video from Capitol Hill: Cantwell Questions Forest Service Chief on Almost $300 Million Cut to Firefighting in Budget

Published on Jun 15, 2017
Ranking Member Senator Cantwell questioned Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on the nearly $300 million cut to firefighting proposed in President Trump’s budget as well as on the proposal to reinstate the “ten-year average”, which would likely force the Forest Service to again transfer funds from non-fire accounts, such as those dedicated to fuel reduction, in order to pay for firefighting.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next