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  • Hastings Calls on Senate to Act on Healthy Forest Management and Jobs Bill
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 23, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the Western Regional Forest Resources Association Spring Meeting in Pasco, WA. In the speech, Chairman Hastings talked about the House bill (H.R. 1526) that would put tens of thousands of Americans back to work, prov... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Our Federal Forests are Being Badly Managed and There Have Been Devastating Consequences
    Press Release
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act: “Mr. Chairman, over the last few months deadly wildfires, specifically in California, Arizona, Colorado and other western... More
  • Counties, Forestry Councils, and Schools Call for Passage of H.R. 1526, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act
    Press Release
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    Today the House of Representatives will begin consideration of H.R. 1526, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, legislation that renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural schools and counties and to improve forest health. The bill is supported by over... More
  • National Preparedness for Wildfires Moved to Highest Level
    Blog
    Aug 23, 2013 -
    This week the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group raised the National Preparedness Level to 5, its highest level indicating high fire activity with increasing threats. The last time the National Preparedness Level was raised to 5 was July 1, 2008 and remained at this highest level for 22 days. A raised preparednes... More
  • ICYMI: NBC Nightly News on Recent Western Wildfires
    Blog
    Aug 21, 2013 -
    Last week, NBC Nightly News highlighted the wildfires burning throughout the United States. There are currently 39 fires in 11 states. The map below shows location and proximity of the current fires. This year is on track to be a record year for wildfires. Watch Here: More
  • Committee Approves Legislation to Strengthen Rural Communities and Schools, Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
    Press Release
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, the “Restoring Healthy Forest for Healthy Communities Act” by a voice vote. This legislation renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural schools and counties, improves forest health and helps prevent catastr... More
  • ICYMI: Congressman Gosar Talks Wildfires with Bloomberg TV
    Blog
    Jul 18, 2013 -
    Yesterday, Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) spoke with Bloomberg TV about wildfire prevention and active forest management. Congressman Gosar district includes the area affected by the devastating Yarnell fire this summer. Earlier this month, the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation... More
  • Witnesses and Members Agree Active Forest Management Will Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
    Press Release
    Jul 11, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on “Wildfire and Forest Management.” The hearing focused on the need for increased forest management to reduce hazardous fuels and the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Last year, 9.3 million acres burne... More
  • Responsible Forest Management Helps Prevents Catastrophic Wildfires
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 11, 2013 -
    National forests are in an unhealthy and dangerous state resulting in larger and more intense wildfires. In 2012, 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 responsibly harvested and restored. Accord... More
  • Subcommittee to Hold Oversight Hearing on Catastrophic Wildfires and the Need for Active Forest Management
    Press Release
    Jul 3, 2013 -
    The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold an oversight hearing on Thursday, July 11th on “Wildfire and Forest Management.” This hearing will discuss the current wildfire season and ways to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through proactive, healthy forest ma... More
  • ICYMI: Rep. Paul Gosar's Statement on the Yarnell Hill Fire and Memorial Service
    Blog
    Jul 1, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee member Rep. Paul Gosar, (AZ-04) issued the following statement in response to the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, in Yavapai County, that has claimed lives and destroyed homes and lead to one of the most deadly days in U.S. Firefighting history: “My heart weeps for those who lost their ... More
  • ICYMI: Yakima Herald: "Fire salvage efforts net 10.7 million board feet of timber"
    Blog
    Jun 21, 2013 -
    Last summer, the State of Washington salvaged 10.7 million board feet of timber of the 400,000 acres that burned. That’s more timber than the U.S. Forest Service has sold in the entire region this year (9.6 million board feet), and they have yet to salvage a single acre that was burned. Fire salvage efforts net 10.7 mi... More
  • ICYMI: Congressman Tipton Discusses Wildfire Amendment with KOA
    Blog
    Jun 20, 2013 -
    This morning, Congressman Tipton (CO-5) discussed his amendment to the FARRM bill with KOA news out of Denver, Colorado.This amendment hat would help states fight devastating wildfires by providing the Forest Service with a large air tanker and an aerial asset lease program to assist with fighting wildfires. This amend... More
  • Wildfires Breakout In Colorado
    Blog
    Jun 13, 2013 -
    This week, Colorado is tragically experiencing the most destructive wildfires in state history. Three major wildfires in Colorado are scorching thousands of acres, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate, and have destroyed hundreds of homes. In addition to the fires in Colorado, wildfires are currently burning in New Me... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 14, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Darren Goode: “Key natural gas rules may be in the pipeline” Associated Press – Dina Capiello: “Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths” Bloomberg: “Gasoline rises most in three months at U.S. pumps” Wall Street Journal – Ben Kesling: “The Few, the Proud, the Tortois... More
  • Active Forest Management Is The First Line Of Defense
    Blog
    May 13, 2013 -
    Today during a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, Interior Secretary Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack highlighted steps the federal government is taking to prepare for the wildfire season. Both Secretary Jewell and Secretary Vilsack highlighted the ongoing effort for collaboration be... More
  • 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
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