Improving Pollinator Habitats & Wildfire Plans

Improving Pollinator Habitats & Wildfire Plans

Improving Pollinator Habitats & Wildfire Plans. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Bayer CropScience is investing over $100,000 in a project with Integrated Vegetation Management Partners, Inc., designed to improve and expand pollinator and wildlife habitats on public rights-of-way through integrated vegetation management. IVM Partners develops programs and provides education on vegetation management and conservation best practices. The organization will work with Bayer on case study sites managed by utility or transportation rights-of-way. The project aims to improve habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife in upland and wetland ecosystems in sites across eight states including Oregon.

Ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell from Washington, plans to introduce legislation to improve emergency response and federal coordination for wildfires.

CANTWELL: One thing I will be calling for is better coordination between the Forest Service and FEMA on communication responses during these natural disasters. If they are becoming worse we need better memorandums of understanding that require communications be set up right away so that our communities can continue to deal with these disasters.

She also called on the U.S. Forest Service to increase the use of prescribed burns and hazardous fuels treatments, to pay for very large fires differently than regular operation, and to incentivize cost-savings and clean-up reimbursement agreements.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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