In the West, an unkind budget cut for overgrown forests

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In the West, an unkind budget cut for overgrown forests

Lack of funding makes strange bedfellows in U.S. Congress
State Sen. Ellen Roberts talks to people who lost their homes in the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer in 2012. Political efforts to address the country’s growing wildfire problem have been stunted by a lack of money in governmental budgets.
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In the West, an unkind budget cut for overgrown forests

State Sen. Ellen Roberts talks to people who lost their homes in the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer in 2012. Political efforts to address the country’s growing wildfire problem have been stunted by a lack of money in governmental budgets.
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