TRAIL NEWS: A Grim National Forest Future for Present Irresponsibility

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 09 March 2018


A Grim National Forest Future for Present Irresponsibility

Consequences Served Up Hot

Guest column: Tahoe Rim Trail Association, USFS partners more important now than ever (opinion),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, March 8, 2018.


Tahoe Rim Trail Association

"While USFS firefighting costs consume a rapidly growing portion of already tight budgets and staff hours, the role of the TRTA and other non-profit partners in managing resources on National Forest lands has become more important than ever."

"Locally, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is the region's largest non-profit, trail organization and has the primary responsibility for managing and maintaining about 200 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in and around the Tahoe Basin in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Nevada State Parks."

"...Randy Moore, USFS Pacific Southwest Regional Forester, noted in his op-ed late last month, "More fires mean less funds for local Forest Service projects," the Forest Service is the only federal agency required to fund its entire emergency management program through its regular appropriations budget. This means that the more the agency spends on the essential work of fighting large, devastating fires, the less it has to spend on other programs, like maintaining and constructing trails and upgrading recreation facilities."



Three Western Wildfire Studies

Wildfires to Worsen in the West

This BBQ is Just Getting Started!

2017 California Wildfires Have Global Impact

(with related wildfire and warming links)


Cross Country Hikers and Navigator's Delights
are a National Disgrace

"...This leaves fewer people and less money available to maintain and construct trails..."


"A 2015 USFS publication titled "The Rising Cost of Fire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service's Non-Fire Work" notes that the loss of staffing and funding for non-fire work on National Forests has a "debilitating impact [on] … programs and infrastructure that support thousands of recreation jobs and billions of dollars of economic growth."

"Between 1998 and 2015 USFS funding (adjusted for inflation) fell 35 percent for inventory and monitoring programs, 64 percent for land management planning, and 68 percent for capital improvement and maintenance of facilities. USFS money for planning, building and maintaining recreation infrastructure is literally disappearing in a haze of smoke."

"The TRTA and the Tahoe region's other non-profit trail organizations are up the task, and have been expanding to plug the holes left by diminished agency resources. However, now more than ever, local non-profit groups working on public land need public support to lead the charge."




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