Westerman Urges Senate Action on Forestry Bill

As a professional forester and author of the Resilient Federal Forests Act, Congressman Bruce Westerman understands the importance of actively managing our federal forests for the many benefits and values they offer Americans. You too can urge the Senate to act by visiting our Action Center.

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Unacceptable Risk – Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change

This excellent document, from The Story Group, tells the stories of Colorado firefighters confronting the growing trend of larger and more severe wildfires. It is another reminder that we can mitigate the impacts of climate change and catestrophic wildfire through active forest management. 

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Wildlife Groups Support Senate Action on Fire Borrowing, Forest Management Reforms

The American Wildlife Conservation Partners, a coalition of over 30 hunting and outdoors organizations, recently sent a letter to key leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In light of the committee's recent draft legislation, the groups urged the Senators to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation to fix federal wildfire suppression funding and approve needed forestry reforms. Here's an excerpt from their letter: 

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Countering Extremism on America's Public Lands: The View from Skamania County, Wash.

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s ranking member, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., is holding a forum on the "growing anti-government extremism on public lands."  Grijalva says the forum will discuss the emergence of this movement and the government’s efforts to confront these dangers, and has invited the public to send comments on the issue by June 10. Skamania County Commissioner Chris Brong submitted the following response, which we're publishing with his permission:

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BLM's Proposed Forest Plan Will Fuel More Frustration in Rural Oregon

Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management's final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and leave forests more vulnerable to wildfire, insects and disease. 

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Sportsmen's Bill, Federal Budget Highlights Forest Access

Forest access on federal lands is essential for recreation, timber management, firefighting and law enforcement. Unfortunately the federal government has continued its aggressive efforts to destroy or decommission thousands of miles of forest roads, jeopardizing forested communities and making it difficult to fight fires and restore forests back to health. This critical issue is finally getting some attention among our federal representatives.

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USFWS Response to the Barred Owl Threat

The barred owl was first detected within the range of the northern spotted owl (NSO) in the 1970’s.  Researchers started to become concerned about the impacts the barred owl would have on the NSO in the 1980’s.  In 1989, the USFWS acknowledged that the expansion of the barred owl population was of “considerable concern”.  The NSO was listed as threatened in 1990.  Since then, there has been a steady decline in the NSO population with a concurrent steady increase in the barred owl population.

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Policymakers Should Recognize America’s Leadership in Forestry, Manufacturing

Every year it's estimated the average U.S. citizen uses the equivalent of a tree 100 feet tall, and 18 inches in diameter. We use 3.5 times more wood than we did in 1970. Yet, despite our leadership in the sustainable logging and manufacturing of softwood and hardwood lumber, the United States is a net importer of wood products.  These are important facts as policymakers continue to raise concerns about illegal logging abroad and the safety of imported wood products here at home.

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Jodi Schneider McNamee: Extraordinary combustion- Oregon Forests in Peril

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

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T.W. Scott: The Strategy of “Greenspeak,” Is This How the West Will be Lost?

For more than 50 years, there has been a growing campaign against the beneficial use of natural resources.   The campaigners have several names:  preservationists, conservationists, radical environmentalists, and greens.  

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