"The fire season in Montana and across the country is far from over. Not to mention we have good paying jobs to fund and projects around the state that need to be Nike Metcon Grey Volt
"We are robbing the Peters to pay the Pauls," said Chris Mehl, spokesman for The Wilderness Society's Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman. "The unfortunate thing is that it is across the board."
the Black Hills National Forest early to save money.
Mehl, of The Wilderness Society, said he likes the idea of Congress setting up separate budgets one for fires and one for normal Forest Service operations. The group said fighting fires could surpass 50 percent of Nike Lebron Air Max
"The costs are high, Nike Zoom Cage 2 Womens Tennis Shoe and they need to suppress these fires to protect people," Mehl said. "But the Forest Service is basically becoming the fire service."
The agency started transferring money in the middle of August and expects to take a total of $400 million from other areas through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Such transfers have occurred several times since 2000.
HELENA, Mont. Forest Service to divert hundreds of millions of dollars set aside for work including roads, trails, recreational improvements even fire prevention.
Environmentalists predicted fire spending could end up being closer to $2 billion, and transfers could run as high as $700 million. Among those programs seeing cuts are fire prevention and safety.
Forest Service diverts money to pay for wildfires
Forest Service funds allocated to fighting fires have steadily increased, rising about 10 percent from 2006 to 2007, but have not been able to meet the needs of this year's large fires, said Rose Davis, spokeswoman for the agency's northern region.
the Forest Service budget this year and is quickly dominating work at the agency.
"I recognize that this direction will have a significant effect on agency operations," Kimbell said in the memo. Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he was not pleased to hear of the cuts and is pushing for a special account to pay for firefighting costs.
Spending on all non critical items for the rest of the year must be curtailed, Kimbell told foresters.
completed," said Baucus, D Mont. "Funding should not be pulled from our state's resources to help pay for fighting fires in California."
"All of you are aware of the serious nature of this year's fire season and the issues faced by the agency in paying for fire suppression costs," Kimbell wrote.
In a memo this month to regional foresters, Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell said spending on fires could reach $1.6 billion this year, about half the agency's budget.
Money will be coming from restoration projects, building maintenance, land acquisition plans, research and other areas. In South Dakota, the Forest Service has closed a visitor center in Nike Metcon Grey Gum Release Date
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