From the text ... 'We can postpone the inevitible blazes, but-as the 2000 fire season showed-not indefinitely...' ... 'The relative severity of the 2000 fire season mobilized public opinion behind a large-scale program to reduce the fire hazard in our western forests. On September 8, 2000, the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior delivered a national plan to the President outlining steps we will take to better manage fire for the health of our communities and environment. Congress appropriated funds to support the plan, including $1.1 billion for the Forest Service in fiscal year 2001. Our National Fire Plan offers unprecedented opportunities for investing in the long-term health of the land. The growing consensus that we must restore our forests and protect our communities gives us the chance to build a constituency for active management based on ecologically conservative principals.'