With wildfires ignited throughout the Southwest, the Biden administration’s Earth Day proclamation on this year focused heavily on the health of forests.

In the fact sheet released for the Presidential Executive Order, the president pledged billions of dollars in Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds to be used to fund forest and land management activities, and the FY 2022 Omnibus provides $5.7 billion for wildland fire management and related risk mitigation and research. Amongst the funding:

In addition to reducing wildfire risk, the Executive Order envisions the following policies:

Wildfires Off to An Early Start in the Southwest.

Spurred by intense winds and dry conditions, New Mexico’s governor declared a state of emergency as nearly two dozen wildfires ignited, with two merging in the northern part of the state.  The Tunnel Fire near Flagstaff, Arizona, burned over 21,000 acres.