Oversight Hearing on “Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands”
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:00 AM Full Committee
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Oversight Hearing on:
"Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands"
Mr. Jim Peña
Associate Deputy Chief – National Forest System
U.S. Forest Service
Mr. Ed Roberson
Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning
Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this hearing is to examine existing challenges to proactive forest management needed to ensure reliable electricity supply, low cost energy for homes and businesses, and public safety by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Last September, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. This bill will help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires; put tens of thousands of Americans back to work; provide stable funding for counties to use for education and infrastructure; improve local management of our federal forests.
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