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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas, Chairman
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska
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
THOMAS J. SCOTT, Chief Clerk
SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR
FISCAL YEAR 1973
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1973
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE
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
GEORGE L TURCOTT, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
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:]
Adjusted Appropriation to date: $77,767,000
Obligations to December 31, 1972 $59,736,506
Avg. No. current appropriation
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.