The U.S. Forest Service is taking a hard look at doing whatever is necessary to protect the wildland/urban interface… that after many large wildfires have caused devastation across much of the west. Now, they say more than 50 percent of the Forest Service budget goes to fire suppression, a new normal for the 113-year-old agency, and large wildland fire management is becoming less about protecting just public land. Funding through the Natural Resource Conservation Service created 50/50 cost-share opportunities for private landowners to reduce the number of standing trees per acre on their property. The Forest Service is doing the same on its side of the line as well.