Value of energy and minerals production from US Forest Service lands worth billions of dollars “The Forest Service is committed to effectively managing mineral resources, facilitating energy transmission in a responsible manner, and the sound development of both renewable and non-renewable.....
the mitigation of an estimated 489 abandoned mine sites,” said Tidwell.
The Abandoned Mine Lands Program’s work includes closing underground mine openings and vertical shafts; re-contouring open pits, trenches and associated roads; and removing or stabilizing abandoned buildings, equipment and hazardous materials.
The Geologic Resources and Hazards Management Program received a $5.6 million funding request from the Chief. The program management activities inform land management decisions, project design and protect sites that have scientific or educational value and use.
In his testimony the Chief emphasized that a priority for the Forest Service is improving America’s ability to deliver electricity and transport oil, gas, and hydrogen, as well as broadband deployment.
“These land use projects increase the capacity of the power grid for renewable energy, improve both energy reliability and access to energy generation, and finally, advance broadband service for thousands of communities across the United States,” said Tidwell.
Renewable energy also received attention in the Chief’s testimony.
“The Forest Service will continue to help increase the supply of renewable energy by promoting wind and solar energy, engaging in hydropower licensing, development and geothermal operations, and encouraging use of woody biomass from forest service lands,” said Tidwell.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.