• Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 6, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Jake Sherman: “Democrats Peter DeFazio, Raul Grijalva vie for Ed Markey’s Natural Resources Committee post” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “New Interior secretary makes first offshore rig visit” The Hill – Zack Colman: “House to vote on Keystone XL bill in May” A... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 26, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: McClatchy – Sean Cockerham: “Oil from proposed Keystone pipeline could end up exported” Vancouver Observer – Jenny Uechi: “Keystone XL bill approved by House Committee” USA Today – Susan Davis: “Boehner-led cost-cutting saving millions in the House” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. D... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 16, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Arizona Republic OpEd by Rep. Paul Gosar: “Wildfire policy must shift from reactive to proactive” Salt Lake Tribune – Thomas Burr: “Bishop seeks grand bargain on public lands” The Hill – Ben Geman: “New Interior chief takes to Twitter” Associated Press: “Saving endangered s... More
  • Live Forest Fires Map
    Blog
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    Last year, wildfires burned 9.3 million acres, while the U.S. Forest Service only harvested approximately 200,000 acres. This means that 44 times as many acres burned as were responsibility harvested. The burned areas were not allowed to be salvaged. More
  • Wildfire prevention is 1st priority in new Congress
    Blog
    Jan 14, 2013 -
    Wildfire prevention is 1st priority in new Congress Glenwood Springs Post Independent Rep. Scott Tipton January 14, 2013 As we begin the 113th Congress, I'm incredibly honored to have earned the trust of the people of the 3rd Congressional District and to serve as their representative for a second term. During my firs... More
  • Forest Service Failing to Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy in Forest Management Practices
    Blog
    Dec 20, 2012 -
    During the height of this year’s record-breaking fire season, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a legislative hearing on bills to address forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fire. Following a Forest Service report on the need for restoration on 65-82 million acres of... More
  • National Forest Products Week Calls Attention to Need for Active Management of Our Public Lands
    Blog
    Oct 22, 2012 -
    President Obama has declared October 21st through October 27th National Forest Products week in appreciation of the sustainable uses of our public lands. The federal government owns over 190 million acres of resource abundant forest lands that provide opportunities for economic development, timber and energy production... More
  • Committee Approves Bill to Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires, Improve Forest Health, Protect Local Communities
    Press Release
    Aug 1, 2012 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 6089, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act of 2012, with a bipartisan vote of 28-19. Introduced by Colorado Members Scott Tipton, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman, and Cory Gardner, the bill would reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, address ... More
  • All Witnesses Agree: Litigation, Red Tape Fuel Megafires that Damage Forests, Communities, and Species
    Press Release
    Jul 24, 2012 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on, “The Impact of Catastrophic Forest Fires and Litigation on People and Endangered Species: Time for Rational Management of our Nation's Forests.” The hearing focused on the devastating impacts of catastrophic wildfires on people and species and h... More
  • Witnesses Emphasize Need for Bills to Reduce Risk of Megafires to Aid Forest Health, Protect Local Communities, Create Jobs
    Press Release
    Jul 20, 2012 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing on legislation intended to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, restore forest health, and address factors that contribute to insect infestation and wildfire. Decades of severe mismanagement of our public lands have contributed to ... More
  • Witnesses Call for Increased Public Participation, Transparency in Federal Land Management Decision-Making Process
    Press Release
    Mar 12, 2012 -
    Today, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held an oversight field hearing in Elko, Nevada entitled, “Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West.” At the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Representative Mark Amodei (NV-02) heard... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Obama Administration's New Federal Forest Regulations Will Cost Jobs, Hurt Forest Health
    Press Release
    Jan 26, 2012 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Forest Service’s new forest planning rule that will determine how to manage 155 national forests and 20 grasslands: “Our national forests are a vital source of economic activity that support America... More
  • Subcommittee Field Hearing on Restoring Access to Our National Forests Draws a Crowd
    Blog
    Sep 20, 2011 -
    On Monday, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands traveled to Sacramento, California for a field oversight hearing entitled, Restoring Public Access to the Public’s Lands: Issues Impacting Multiple-use on Our National Forests. Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Representatives Tom McClin... More
  • FOX News Spotlight on Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic
    Blog
    Aug 4, 2011 -
    Today, FOX News ran a segment on the mountain pine beetle, an insect that has killed over 40 million acres of pine trees throughout the West within the last ten years. The groves of dead trees caused by the mountain pine beetle epidemic leave forests and surrounding neighborhoods susceptible to wildfires. In July, the ... More
  • Field Hearing Examines Need for Long Term Solution to Fight Pine Beetle Epidemic, Prevent Wildfires
    Press Release
    Jul 11, 2011 -
    On Sunday, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a field hearing in Hill City, South Dakota on the “Impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic in the Black Hills.” Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Representative Kristi Noem (SD-At Large) attended the hearing and heard from gove... More
  • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands to Hold South Dakota Field Hearing on Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic
    Committee Action
    Jun 30, 2011 -
    On Sunday, July 10, 2011 the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold an Oversight Field Hearing in Hill City, South Dakota on the “Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic in the Black Hills.” Mountain Pine Beetles have spread throughout the West and reached epidem... More
  • Missing the Forests for the Trees
    Blog
    Oct 15, 2009 -
    Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting article titled, “Aspen Trees Die Across the West” which notes that “perhaps a combination of factors -- is killing hundreds of thousands of acres of the trees from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and into Canada, according to the U.S. gov... More
  • Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Forest Fire Money Being Spent in Washington, D.C.
    Letters
    Oct 9, 2009 -
    Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Forest Fire Money Being Spent in Washington, D.C. More
  • Washington Times: Forest Fire Funds Aid D.C. Festivals
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 11, 2009 -
    Forest Fire Funds Aid D.C. Festivals Stephen Dinan Washington Times September 11, 2009 Even with forest fires raging out West, the U.S. Forest Service this week announced it will spend nearly $2.8 million in forest-fire-fighting money in Washington -- a city with no national forests and where the last major fire was p... More
  • Administration Sends Forest Fire Money to Washington D.C. – Where There Are No Forests!
    Blog
    Sep 11, 2009 -
    In today’s Washington Times, Stephen Dinan reports that the U.S. Forest Service will spend $2.8 million in forest-fire-fighting money in Washington D.C. – a city with no national forests. Click here to read the article: Forest Fire Funds Aid D.C. Festivals As the West continues to battle catastrophic wildfires that hav... More
  • Hastings Statement on Secretary Vilsack’s Speech on U.S. Forest Service Vision
    Press Release
    Aug 14, 2009 -
    House Natural Resources Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today in response to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech on the Obama Administration’s vision for the U.S. Forest Service: “In announcing a ‘new direction and vision,’ the Administration must not lose sight of the vital ... More
  • Republicans Call for Decisive Action to Address the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic
    Press Release
    Jun 16, 2009 -
    Today, Republicans at the House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on the Mountain Pine Beetle called for Congress to take immediate action to address the beetle epidemic that has left much of our Western forests dead and vulnerable to devastating forest fires. “We have millions of acres of dead and dying timber in... More
  • Bark Beetle Infestation Creates Massive Forest Fire Threat in the West
    Resourceful Information
    Jun 15, 2009 -
    On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, the House Natural Resources Subcommittees on Water and Power and National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on The Mountain Pine Beetle: Strategies for Saving the West. As Mountain Pine Beetles continue to increase the threat of forest fires throughout the West, Republicans... More
  • Republicans Call for Action to Stop Agenda-Driven Lawsuits and Save U.S. Timber Jobs
    Press Release
    May 21, 2009 -
    Responding to a request from Natural Resource Committee Republicans, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold an oversight hearing today on “The Future of the Forest Economy” - specifically the Quincy Library Group (QLG) plan. Unfortunately, reckless lawsuits have stopped implementation of... More
  • Hastings Praises Passage of FLAME Act
    Press Release
    Mar 26, 2009 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act (FLAME Act, H.R. 1404): “I’m pleased that members from both sides of the aisle came together today to su... More
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