Posted: Aug 15, 2012 10:17 PM by Kate Richards
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 8:41 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Speakers at a congressional field hearing on wildfires and forest health say more money is needed to mitigate wildfire threats.
KUNC-FM reports speakers also said Wednesday there must be a renewed focus on educating residents how to minimize wildfire hazards around their homes.
They made their comments at a hearing in Colorado Springs that was held by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. The Colorado Democrat said beforehand that after recent wildfires in the western U.S., he wanted to hear what lessons can be applied to future suppression, recovery and mitigation efforts.
Scientist Merrill Kaufman on Wednesday recommended placing more attention on thinning the dense, lower-elevation ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests on the more heavily populated Front Range, whether through logging or prescribed burns.