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Senate Proceeding on Aug 3rd, 2007 :: 1:03:46 to 1:10:55
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James Inhofe

1:02:10 to 1:03:46( Edit History Discussion )
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James Inhofe

1:03:34 to 1:03:46( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: mr. president tester: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana is recognized. mr. tester: mr. president, before i get into my remarks, i want to thank the leadership on the wrda

Jon Tester

1:03:46 to 1:03:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: bill. i couldn't agree more. infrastructure is critical, particularly around our water re resources, maybe the most re resource we have, and to invest in that truly benefits our kids and grandkids for

Jon Tester

1:03:46 to 1:10:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

1:03:55 to 1:04:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: generations thereafter. so thank you, both, for your work in this bill and hopefully it can be passed with a good, healthy vote come ing out of this body. mr. president, i rise today to share some

Jon Tester

1:04:09 to 1:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: niewts news from my home state. i am anxiously following the wildfires that burn across montana. over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of acres in the treasure state have burned up in fact,p the top

Jon Tester

1:04:19 to 1:04:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: four fires in the west are burning in montana. hundreds of folks have been evacuate ed from their homes, and interestingly enough, today, august 3, is traditionally the third day of wildfire season.

Jon Tester

1:04:30 to 1:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: times are a change ing, mr. president. this past week i had the opportunity to visit the front lines two of month wildfires which tell two different fire policy stories. one thing they've got in

Jon Tester

1:04:43 to 1:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: common is that the fine, hard-working men and women tufg it out in grueling conditions to protect each other and the public from harm's way. in my state, we're also relying on the hard work of

Jon Tester

1:04:56 to 1:05:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the folks in the montana national guard. as of today, some 130 guards men and women have been called to help fight montana's fires. some of these folks canceled their summer plans to answer the call to

Jon Tester

1:05:08 to 1:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: help. they're working alongside other firefighters to do dangerous, hot, dirty work, to protect montana's people and property. to all of the wild land firefighters and guardsmen across this country,

Jon Tester

1:05:20 to 1:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: i say thank you. we owe them all the respect and gratitude. we also owe them policy ies that will best benefit the landscape that they're working so hard to protect. the two fires that i visited both started

Jon Tester

1:05:33 to 1:05:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the same week in late june. that's very early for montana, some six weeks to two months early. both are burning in the marshall wilderness, a spectacular place where the rocky mountains spill

Jon Tester

1:05:47 to 1:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: out into the plains. the ahorn fire which was about 15,000 acres when i visited is now all of 40,000 acres, burning 30 miles west of a small ranch ranching and farming community of augusta. the

Jon Tester

1:06:01 to 1:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: forest fires are of concern because the ahern fire is big and unwieldy, it is burning near a fire exclusion area, an area that the forest service has not allowed fierses fires to burn over the last years

Jon Tester

1:06:14 to 1:06:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: in order to protect seasonal cabins on private land east near the forest boundary. as a result of the fuels that have built uover the years due to suppressing the fire, the ahern fire is going to

Jon Tester

1:06:25 to 1:06:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: do pretty much what it wants to do. the forest service threw a million dollars at it when it first took off and it didn't make a dent according to officials. the agency says it will not be successful in controlling

Jon Tester

1:06:37 to 1:06:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the perimeter of the fire, though it probably will be successful in protecting those cabins. mr. president, this has nothing to do with the agency's abilities. it has everything to do with fires

Jon Tester

1:06:52 to 1:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: that burn hotter and hard harder now because of a hotter, drier climate, and dense er forests. to date, the ahorn fire has cost nearly $5 million. last saturday, i also got a chance to see the

Jon Tester

1:07:08 to 1:07:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: fool creek fire. the fire then was about 6200 acres, at least it was when i saw it. today it's about 22,000 acres. the fool creek fire is burning west of shota, another ranching and farming community

Jon Tester

1:07:18 to 1:07:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: west of the rocky mount front -- east of the rocky mountain front, i should say. the forest service has been managing the fool creek fire as a wild land fire used for re resource benefit, which means

Jon Tester

1:07:33 to 1:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the fire bosses have been mostly allowing it to burn for the benefit of the forest. so far, it's been a lot more manageable because it's moving in and out around lands that burned in 1988 and in 2000.

Jon Tester

1:07:45 to 1:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: it's still hot and dry out there there, and the fire made a big run a few days ago, but all told told, the fire has been easier to manage than the ahorn. to date, the fool creek fire has a cost

Jon Tester

1:07:58 to 1:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: of $1.3 million. that's four times less than the cost of fighting the ahorn fire with similar outcocks outcomes. it is not very popular to tell the american people that the forest service is letting the

Jon Tester

1:08:09 to 1:08:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: woods burn, but sometimes what we've learned in the last 20 years is that sometimes it's the right thing to do. mr. president, we've got another problem in my home state of montana, and that's the

Jon Tester

1:08:22 to 1:08:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: holdover from long-standing fights on how to manage our forests. we will never get back to the timber harvest levels of the 1970's, nor probably should we, but the pendulum has swung too far, and

Jon Tester

1:08:34 to 1:08:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: now we're too often fighting in courts about cutting down trees. que frankly, we don't have enough people working out in the woods. that's a problem economically and eco-logically. throw in climate

Jon Tester

1:08:46 to 1:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: change, thousands of acres of dead, dry, beetle-infested trees and a lot of new homes popping up on the edge of our natural forests and we've got a perfect storm brew brewing. i don't think it's a

Jon Tester

1:09:00 to 1:09:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: quince citizens that with all the fuel -- coincidence that with all the fuel buildup, we're in for a whopper of a fire season. climatologists tell me this is become ing the new norm. this is what we can continue

Jon Tester

1:09:10 to 1:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: to expect, which means we have to get even smarter about when to fight wildfire and where and how best to stretch every dollar spent on battle ing them. and we need to get serious about supporting

Jon Tester

1:09:24 to 1:09:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the forest service as it reduces fuels in the forests. with the forest service spending 45% of its budget on fire suppression -- i'm going to repeat that, the forest service spends 45% of its budget

Jon Tester

1:09:38 to 1:09:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: on fire suppression, it barely has the time or the resources to restore our forests to health. with wildfire -- with wild -- with firefighting costs predict predicted to go even higher, create ing

Jon Tester

1:09:49 to 1:09:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: a trust fund for fire management makes a great deal of sense to me. it's something we have to do in order to ensure that funds will be available to do the work of restoring the health to our forestsp

Jon Tester

1:09:59 to 1:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: , because when we restore our forests, we'll make them more resilient to fire. this is something we have to do, mr. president, it's something that we have to do fast, especially around our western towns and

Jon Tester

1:10:12 to 1:10:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: communities. this issue will not go away when this fire season comes to an end end. the conversation will continue with my colleagues here in washington and with the folks in montana. we will be talking

Jon Tester

1:10:27 to 1:10:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: about fire and forest health and the opportunities they provide us. they're connected and they're connected to montana's well-being and economy. thank you, mr. president. ani yield the floor. the

Jon Tester

1:10:35 to 1:10:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: presiding officer: the senator from arizona is recognized. mr. kyl: mr. president, while the senator from montana is still on the floor, let me, first of all, thank him for his comments to which i subscribe.

Jon Tester

1:10:45 to 1:10:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: we have a problem throughout the western united states with forest fires not easily understood by those who don't experience the kind of hot, dry cnss conditions we do in the summer with forests. people

Jon Kyl

1:10:55 to 1:11:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Kyl: don't think there are forests in my state of arizona. there are. in fact, about five years ago, we had a fire which burned an area -- and this is big ponderosa pine country -- burned an area almost

Jon Kyl

1:10:55 to 1:12:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Kyl

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