Idaho forest supervisor discusses impact of environmental regulations on fire mitigation projects

Published at 12:13 p.m. on September 18, 2013 | Modified at 12:13 p.m. on September 18, 2013

Mary Farnsworth, forest supervisor for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, discusses the work involved in satisfying environmental regulations and the sometimes negative impact it has had on the fire mitigation projects she would like to do in her jurisdiction. Working to be compliant with NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) regulations -- which she says is a valuable effort -- sometimes diverts resources from projects that could prevent forest fires. She made the comments during a tour hosted by the Idaho Forest Products Commission Sept. 13, 2013.

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