National forests deserve better than House and Senate’s wildfire bills

By Norm Christensen and Jerry Franklin
The Hill
October 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

This week the House is considering the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, a misguided bill that would seriously damage our national forests and reduce Americans’ ability to have a say in how these forests are managed. In the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, related legislation is also under consideration. The House and Senate bills purport to solve the growing problem of wildfires, yet both bills are troubling in their approach to forest and wildfire management. …Where we differ is in our approach to the forests’ care and protection, and that difference has considerable consequences for our national forests and the people who live, work, and recreate on them. …Management of our national forests must not fall victim to political posturing.

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