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More than 10.2 million acres of the United States burned last year from wildfires, killing 46 people and causing $16.6 billion in damages. Senator Michael Bennet said the country needs to be more proactive with fire prevention by putting people to work maintaining forests.
The Colorado Democrat plans to introduce legislation focused on restoring and maintaining forests, watersheds, and rangelands across the West to protect those areas from the threats of climate change and create jobs.
Bennet’s bill would create an “Outdoor Restoration Fund” to subsidize local efforts that work to maintain forests and watersheds, thereby expanding outdoor access, lowering the risk of wildfires, and removing invasive species.
Bennet’s office claims the bill could foster more than 2 million jobs. They also say it could generate more than $156 billion in economic “output.”
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