COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Western governors and the Bush administration have agreed to a long-term national plan aimed at preventing and suppressing wildfires.
Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed a memorandum of understanding on the plan Monday at a meeting with members of the Western Governors' Association.
The 10-year plan calls for an aggressive effort to remove brush, trees and debris that can fuel catastrophic fires. It also seeks a long-term strategy for restoring wildlife habitats.
The memorandum of understanding, which stresses cooperation between federal, state and local authorities, sets a May 1 deadline for producing a detailed roadmap for implementing the plan.
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