Legislative Hearing on H.R. ____, H.R. 1294, H.R. 818, H.R. 1345, H.R. ____, and H.R. 1442
Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Legislative Hearing on:

  • H.R. ____ (Hastings of WA), To restore employment and educational opportunities in, and improve the economic stability of, counties containing National Forest System land, while also reducing Forest Service management costs, by ensuring that such counties have a dependable source of revenue from National Forest System land, to provide a temporary extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, and for other purposes. "Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act"
  • H.R. 1294 (Labrador), To establish a program that will generate dependable economic activity for counties and local governments containing National Forest System land through a management-focused approach, and for other purposes. "Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act"
  • H.R. 818 (Tipton), To address the bark beetle epidemic, drought, deteriorating forest health conditions, and high risk of wildfires on National Forest System land and land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management in the United States by expanding authorities established in the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003 to provide emergency measures for high-risk areas identified by such States, to make permanent Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management authority to conduct good-neighbor cooperation with States to reduce wildfire risks, and for other purposes. "Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act"
  • H.R. 1345 (Gosar), To address the forest health, public safety, and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System lands and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to expedite forest management projects relating to hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, and economic development, and for other purposes. "Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013"
  • H.R. ____ (Defazio, Schrader, Walden), To create the O&C Trust to assume management responsibilities over certain of the revested Oregon and California Railroad Grant lands while also transferring certain of the Oregon and California Railroad Grant lands to the Forest Service, to deal with the reconveyed Coos Bay Wagon Road Grant lands, and for other purposes. "O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act"
  • H.R. 1442 (Markey), To amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to improve the response to insect infestations and related diseases and to change the funding source for the Healthy Forests Reserve Program, to codify the stewardship end result contracting and good neighbor authorities, and to amend the emergency watershed protection program to improve post fire rehabilitation, and for other purposes. "Depleting Risk from Insect Infestation, Soil Erosion, and Catastrophic Fire Act"

Member Statements:

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Member of Congress

The Honorable Raul Labrador
Member of Congress

The Honorable Scott R. Tipton
Member of Congress

The Honorable Paul Gosar
Member of Congress

The Honorable Edward J. Markey
Member of Congress

The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
Member of Congress

The Honorable Greg Walden
Member of Congress

The Honorable Kurt Schrader
Member of Congress

PANEL II

Ray Campbell
Commissioner
Okanogan County, WA

Justin Wood
National Association of Home Builders
Fish Construction, NW, Inc.
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Scott Horngren
American Forest Resource Council
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Judy Morris
Supervisor, District 2
Trinity County, CA

PANEL III

The Honorable Tom Tidwell
Chief
United States Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Skip Brandt
Commissioner
Idaho County, ID

John “Chris” Maisch
State Forester & Director
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forestry

PANEL IV

The Honorable Tom Tidwell
Chief
United States Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

John Martin
Commissioner
Garfield County, CO

Cindy Dozier
Commissioner
Hinsdale County, CO

Jason S. Sibold, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Anthropology
Colorado State University
(Truth in Testimony Form)

PANEL V

The Honorable Tom Tidwell
Chief
United States Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Andy Groseta
Public Lands Council
Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Tommie Martin
District 1 Supervisor and Vice Chair
Gila County, AZ

PANEL VI

Tom Tuchmann
Forestry and Conservation Finance Advisor
Office of Governor John Kitzhaber
State of Oregon

Doug Robertson
Commissioner
Douglass County, OR

PANEL VII

Dominik Kulakowski, Ph.D
Asst. Professor, School of Geography
Adj. Asst. Professor, Department of Biology
Clark University
(Truth in Testimony Form)

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