Daines Mourns Lost Firefighters, Pushes for Forest Management Reforms

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke about the the tragic loss of two wildland firefighters in Montana and the need to drastically increase active forest management during the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ hearing. 

Daines also discussed the widespread fires currently occurring throughout Montana, and voiced frustration with litigation that has blocked the Stonewall Vegetation project. This Project was designed to reduce hazardous fuels in the very areas currently burning near Lincoln.  

“My thoughts and prayers go to their families and to all the brave men and women who are protecting our lives and property while facing these wildfires on the front lines,” Daines stated. 

Daines questioned Ms. Victoria Christiansen, the Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry at the Forest Service, on the disastrous Cottonwood decision that resulted in the Stonewall injunction.