American Forests analysts estimate Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act passed last week will affect about 14.8 million acres of public land through restoration recovery and reforestation work. A $60 million line item pays for grants for wood energy programs and $20 million goes to the Joint Fire Science Program based in Missoula and Bozeman. The bill contains $600 million for pay raises and job changes for wildland firefighters including creating year-round positions for at least 1,000 now-seasonal workers. Pay rates are set to increase by either $20,000 depending on position.
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