The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday that it would begin the process of shutting down all of its electric forest management programs.
The decision comes after two major wildfires destroyed more than 2 million acres of the country’s second-largest forest in June.
In September, a wildfire destroyed nearly 2.3 million acres in Montana.
The Forest Service said that it plans to stop all of the nation’s 2.2 million-acre electric forests from operating as of June 30, 2020.
The agency said it would do so as a cost-saving measure, as electric-vehicle charging stations were not able to be built until after the program had begun.
The agency said that the shutdown would help protect the electrical forest’s timber, which is vital to the electrical grid.
The electric forest was created in the late 1950s and 1970s as a way to keep the electric grid from being overwhelmed by the flow of power.
It has helped protect nearly 1.4 million acres across the country.
The Forest Service estimated that the electric forest would be able to provide power to the nation up to 1.7 million homes.
The Interior Department has also announced it will be shutting down a number of programs and programs to help protect electric forests.