OSAF member Dan Shults was a guest presenter to the Oregon Wildfire Caucus during their regular caucus meeting at the State Capitol on Feb. 22. The caucus is a bipartisan group of State Representatives and Senators concerned with catastrophic wildfires and their impacts to communities, recreation, small businesses and natural resources.
During his presentation (click here for handout), Shults shared OSAF position statement on Wildland Fire Management. He also provided a number of policy recommendations, such as utilizing Good Neighbor Authority to facilitate state management activities on federal lands, and supporting congressional efforts to stabilize Forest Service funding and to classify wildfire funding as disaster funding similar to floods or hurricanes.
At the state level, Shults recommended that the caucus support aggressive initial attack by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Forest Protective Associations of fires on federal land with the potential to threaten State protected land. He also recommended they encourage and support continued ODF efforts to work with federal partners outside of fire season to increase knowledge and understanding of Oregon's Complete and Coordinated Fire Protection System and foster relationships. Click here to read all of Shults' recommendations to the Oregon Wildfire Caucus.