On Thursday, Dec. 15, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted leaders from federal and state agencies to deliver perspectives on the growing burden of wildfires on state budgets. The expert panel built on the key findings and recommendations from a new Pew study, “Wildfires: Burning Through State Budgets.”
Wildfires in the United States have become more catastrophic and expensive in recent years, with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Forest Service nearly doubling their combined spending on wildfire management in the past decade. As more frequent and severe fires drive up public spending, policymakers at all levels of government are faced with decisions about how to pay for the diverse array of interventions required to deal with them.
During this event, practitioners from state forestry and budget agencies, as well as federal partners, detailed their experiences and provided insights on challenges and promising practices in addressing budgeting issues related to wildfire management.
Colin Foard, manager, fiscal federalism initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Panel discussion: Budgeting for wildfires
Kacey KC, Division of Forestry, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Jeffery Rupert, Office of Wildland Fire, U.S. Department of the Interior
Alexei Painter, Division of Legislative Finance, Alaska State Legislature
Peter Muller (moderator), officer, fiscal federalism initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Moderated by Colin Foard
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