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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 39 – Pulaski Project, support


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HCR039.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
PULASKI PROJECT - Stating findings of the Legislature and expressing
support and encouragement to the Pulaski Project in accomplishing its
important mission in tribute to Edward Pulaski and in acknowledgment of the
dedicated service of all past, present and future wildfire fighters.
02/09    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/10    Rpt prt - to St Aff
02/16    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/17    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/23    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Shepherd
    Title apvd - to Senate
02/24    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/08    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/09    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Calabretta
    Title apvd - to House
03/10    To enrol
03/11    Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/12    Pres signed
03/15    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-seventh Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 2004
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 39
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  6    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  7        WHEREAS, on August 20, 1910, in the beautiful  mountains  and  forests  of
  8    northern  Idaho  and  western Montana, known as the "high lonesome," the worst
  9    forest fire in American  history  erupted,  burning  three  million  acres  of
 10    timberland  over  the  course  of  two  days, causing many to believe the fire
 11    heralded the end of the world; and
 12        WHEREAS, although in July of 1910, thousands  of  wildfires  were  sparked
 13    during  the  driest year in memory, by August 19, 1910, most of the fires were
 14    under control until hurricane force winds, blowing up to 80  miles  per  hour,
 15    swept  into  Idaho  and  coaxed  the  remaining  fires  together,  creating  a
 16    firestorm; and
 17        WHEREAS, firefighters battled the blaze, from which smoke could be seen as
 18    far  away  as  Denver, and which spanned from eastern Washington, across Idaho
 19    and into Montana; and
 20        WHEREAS, the devastating fire ultimately claimed the lives  of  eighty-six
 21    people; and
 22        WHEREAS, during the afternoon of August 20, 1910, just outside of Wallace,
 23    Idaho, Edward Pulaski, a district ranger with the recently created U.S. Forest
 24    Service,  realized that he and his crew were trapped in the fire and that they
 25    could only try to save their lives; and
 26        WHEREAS, being the only one familiar with the backcountry trails,  Pulaski
 27    led his 45-man crew through fire and smoky darkness to safety in the abandoned
 28    Nicholson Mine, now commonly known as the Pulaski Tunnel; and
 29        WHEREAS,  in  leading  the men to safety, Pulaski ordered them to lay face
 30    down to keep from suffocating from gas and smoke from the  fire  and,  in  the
 31    midst  of  some  of the men succumbing to panic, he prevented any of them from
 32    leaving the mine, and from certain death, by holding them at bay with his pis-
 33    tol; and
 34        WHEREAS, as timbers at the entrance of the mine caught fire, Pulaski  beat
 35    out the flames with horse blankets and water from the mine floor that he gath-
 36    ered with his hat; and
 37        WHEREAS, many of the men, including Pulaski, eventually lost consciousness
 38    from  the  heat,  smoke  and gas, but, in the morning, all but five of the men
 39    emerged from the tunnel and hiked back to Wallace,  their  lives  having  been
 40    spared; and
 41        WHEREAS,  Pulaski,  who had emerged from the fire a hero, was hospitalized
 42    for nearly two months with blindness and pneumonia and carried  scars  of  the
 43    firestorm on his hands and face for the rest of his life; and
 44        WHEREAS,  in 1984, the U.S. Forest Service placed a monument, dedicated to
  1    those who lost their lives in the fire and to Edward  Pulaski,  on  Moon  Pass
  2    Road near the trail to the Pulaski Tunnel; and
  3        WHEREAS,  because  over  the course of time the trail and adit of the mine
  4    have fallen into severe disrepair, a  dedicated  group  launched  the  Pulaski
  5    Project in 2002, in an effort to preserve this important piece of Idaho's his-
  6    tory and the history of this country; and
  7        WHEREAS,  in  addition  to  serving  as  a  tribute to Edward Pulaski, the
  8    Pulaski Project serves as an acknowledgment of the dedicated  service  despite
  9    hardship,  peril,  and  sacrifice,  of  all  past, present and future wildfire
 10    fighters; and
 11        WHEREAS, the Pulaski Project focuses on four primary goals:  (1)  the  up-
 12    grading  of  the  mine adit and trail that Pulaski and his men used to survive
 13    and escape the fire; (2) the creation of a National Wildfire Education  Center
 14    and  Museum  in Silverton/Wallace, whose purpose is to elevate the priority of
 15    wildfire and forest management in the region and the nation,  as  well  as  to
 16    educate the public regarding the shift away from the 100% suppression paradigm
 17    that  was launched by the great 1910 fire; (3) the upgrading of two collective
 18    U.S. Forest Service gravesites at Nine Mile Cemetery; and,  finally,  (4)  the
 19    ongoing  development  of  both a web page (see www.pulaski-project.org) and an
 20    online discussion group for the furtherance of enlightened and serious discus-
 21    sion of the issues that divide the nation regarding wildfire and  forest  man-
 22    agement today; and
 23        WHEREAS,  the  Pulaski  Project's  goals serve the people of Idaho and the
 24    nation by commemorating the historical significance of the 1910 fire,  and  by
 25    addressing the importance across Idaho, the northwest, and the nation, regard-
 26    ing wildfires and forest management.
 27        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
 28    sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives  and
 29    the  Senate  concurring therein, that the Legislature herein expresses support
 30    and encouragement to the Pulaski Project in accomplishing its  important  mis-
 31    sion  in tribute to Edward Pulaski and in acknowledgment of the dedicated ser-
 32    vice of all past, present and future wildfire fighters.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                             RS 13732
This legislation will express support and encouragement for the
efforts of the Pulaski Project, and acknowledge the dedication of
the wildfire fighters, past, present, and future.
                          FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund.

Name: Representative Mary Lou Sheperd 
Phone: 332-1000