Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant Environmental Impact Statement

On May 13, the U.S. Forest Service released the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the use of fire retardant applied from aircraft to fight wildland fires. The release of the DEIS began a 45-day public comment period that includes opportunities for people in several locations across the country to interact with Forest Service specialists and learn more about fire retardant and the DEIS.

The Forest Service will consider public comments submitted during the comment period in the development of the final environmental impact statement, expected to be completed by December 31, 2011.

The Forest Service has broad responsibilities in the management of wildland fire, ranging from immediate fire suppression to the lighting of controlled fires to safely restore fire-adapted ecosystems. In managing wildland fire, the Forest Service’s mission includes protection of landscapes, resources and people.

The DEIS is available online for review and comment. The website includes directions for submitting public comments on the DEIS and meeting times and locations.

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