A recent report has proved that trees are responsible for saving more than 850 human lives every year. The USDA Forest Service also discovered that trees prevent 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory illness
As the costs of fighting wildfires continue to balloon, underfunded U.S. Forest Service programs have been forced to pull money from important conservation programs to keep on top of both wildfire suppression and mitigation.
The legislation, introduced by Reps Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN), would expand the role of volunteer and partner organizations in maintaining national forest trails. At a time when budgets are tight and demand for public land access is high, the U.S.