Bipartisan Wildfire Legislation Offers Proactive Solution to Support Healthy Forest Management

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Washington, DC, July 9, 2015 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House successfully passed H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, of which he was a cosponsor, by a vote of 262-167:
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For Immediate Release

Date: July 9, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House successfully passed H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, of which he was a cosponsor, by a vote of 262-167:

“There is no question that our current wildfire policies primarily focus on reacting to these devastating fires instead of working proactively to prevent more of them from occurring. Over 40 years of federal forest mismanagement has directly led to old forest overgrowth. It defies commonsense that only a fraction of federal land is treated every year by the U.S. Forest Service despite the proven scientific results of current forest thinning measures.

“Additionally, federal laws have enabled environmental extremists to block reasonable wildfire prevention programs, effectively putting their ideology over the well-being of millions of Americans. H.R. 2647 is a bipartisan, positive solution that seeks to end this dysfunction by strengthening collaboration between numerous local stakeholders and the U.S. Forest Service while stripping away incentives for environmental groups to file frivolous lawsuits. This legislation will streamline the permitting process for proactive thinning projects while still providing adequate resources for reforestation.” 

Background

The House Natural Resources Committee posted an infographic describing detailing the need for the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 and can be found HERE.

More from the House Natural Resources Committee: H.R. 2647, The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4), is a bipartisan bill that will address the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire. If enacted, the bill could be implemented immediately by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to dramatically improve the health and resiliency of our federal forests and rangelands. It simplifies environmental process requirements, reduces project planning times and reduces the cost of implementing forest management projects while still ensuring robust protection of the environment. Click HERE to learn more about the bill and HERE to see supporting groups.

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