WELC has worked with community partners and wildfire ecologists, scientists, and other experts on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 since last fall when it was first negotiated by Senate leadership. While the law has been dramatically scaled back since then, critical provisions that will help communities adapt to climate change by restoring forest resilience to wildfires, invest in climate-smart forest management on federal and non-federal lands, and support underserved forest landowners remain in the final package. In addition, the bill’s authors added substantial funding for environmental review and mature and old-growth forest protection at the urging of WELC and our partners.

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