Vacancies, of course, limit how much federal firefighters can do. If Western communities want to be protected, they need to ensure that their firefighters receive better pay and benefits.More
Rocky Barker is the author of Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America. He is the former environmental reporter for the Idaho Statesman, where he was a part of a team of reporters chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for their coverage of Senator Larry Craig’s arrest. He spent 2017 writing a series on the Columbia River, salmon and energy. He also was the primary researcher for a series of editorials calling for the breaching of four Snake River dams to save salmon.