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1973a

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas, Chairman
WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington MILTON R. YOUNG, North Dakota
JOHN C. STENNIS, Mississippi

ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska
JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island

NORRIS COTTON, New Hampshire ALAN BIBLE, Nevada

CLIFFORD P. CASE, New Jersey ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia

HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii GALE W. MCGEE, Wyoming

EDWARD W. BROOKE, Massachusetts MIKE MANSFIELD, Montana

MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon WILLIAM PROXMIRE, Wisconsin

TED STEVENS, Alaska JOSEPH M. MONTOYA, New Mexico

CHARLES MOC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland DANIEL K. INOUYE, Hawali

RICHARD S. SCHWEIKER, Pennsylvania
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina HENRY BELLMON, Oklahoma
BIRCH BAYH, Indiana
THOMAS F. EAGLETON, Missouri
LAWTON CHILES, Florida

THOMAS J. SCOTT, Chief Clerk
JAMES R. CALLOWAY, Counsel

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SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR

FISCAL YEAR 1973

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1973

U.S. SENATE,

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCIES,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10 a.m., in room 1114, Everett McKinley Dirksen Office Building, Alan Bible (chairman) presiding.

Present: Senators Bible, Stevens, and Hatfield.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

STATEMENT OF BURTON W. SILCOCK, DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF

LAND MANAGEMENT

ACCOMPANIED BY:

GEORGE L TURCOTT, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
NOLAN F. KEIL, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, RESOURCES
EDWARD L. HASTEY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRA-

TION
FRANK EDWARDS, DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, RESOURCES
PAUL M. VETTERICK, CHIEF, DIVISION OF BUDGET AND PRO-

GRAN DEVELOPMENT
FRANCIS M. WILES, DIRECTOR OF BUDGET, OFFICE OF THE

SECRETARY

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST FOR FIREFIGHTING COSTS

Senator Bible. This is the date set to hear the budget estimates of the Breau of Land Management. I think it will be best to hear first the Bureau's pending 1973 supplemental request, which is for firefighting costs and which totals $10 million. The justification will be included in full in the record. [The justification follows:]

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Employment:

Adjusted Appropriation to date: $77,767,000

Obligations to December 31, 1972 $59,736,506

Avg. No. current appropriation

4,095

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A supplemental appropriation of $19,000,000 is requested for FY 1973. firefighting costs on public lands in the western states and Alaska.

The supplemental is required to cover

Total FY 1973 firefighting costs are estimated at $23.8 million, including $2.6 million in estimated spring fire costs and $21.2 million in actual obligations incurred from July 1 through November 30, 1972. Offsetting this is $4.8 million in the regular appropriation. Anticipated spring fire season costs are based on an average spring cost for the last five years.

During the 1972 calendar year fire season, 2,936 fires burned approximately 1,355,000 acres.

No additional permanent employees are included in this request.

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