September 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ten areas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada have been selected as top priorities for projects to combat damage from insects and disease that increases the wildfire risk.
Plans under the state-federal effort announced this week include forest thinning to reduce the risk of insect infestation or disease, and to remove dead and dying trees.
In response to a provision in a new farm bill passed by Congress, Gov. Brian Sandoval urged U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell to designate the 10 areas for what officials call "forest health projects."
Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson says the projects would "greatly reduce" the risk of severe wildfire to nearby communities.