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Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (H.R. 1526)
July 31, 2013 Full Committee Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2013 -

Reporting H.R. 1526 Out of Committee (Passed by Voice Vote)
This bill renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural schools and counties, improves forest health, and helps prevent catastrophic wildfires.

Hastings ANS – Forest Package Legislation (Passed by Voice Vote)
This amendment combined several proposals to address the forest management stalemate on public lands and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Bishop #1 – Technical Amendment (Passed by Voice Vote )
This amendment adds a word inadvertently left out of the drafting of the bill.

Gosar.038 – Stewardship Program Amendment (Passed by Voice Vote)
This bipartisan amendment reduces barriers to large landscape stewardship contracts and help reduce hazardous fuel build up and prevent wildfires. This measure has companion legislation in the Senate sponsored by Senators Flake and McCain.

Southerland_012 – All-Terrain Vehicle Allowment Amendment (Passed by Voice Vote)
This common sense amendment allows for motorized access for preparation and management activities within the Forest Reserve Revenue Areas established under this legislation.

Daines #2 –Tribal Forests Protection Amendment (Passed by Voice Vote)
This amendment helps protect tribal forests against catastrophic and devastation wildfires by prioritizing coordination between federal, local, and tribal forest management.

Daines_010 –Categorical Exclusions Amendment (Passed 24-14. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment clarifies that Categorical Exclusions are excluded from the appeals process to help prevent onerous and lengthy delays.

Napolitano_AM4 –Banning Measures to Prevent Invasive Species Amendment (Failed 14-24. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment strikes out language that would help reestablish forest stands and reduce the spread of noxious and invasive species.

Grijalva_055 –NEPA and ESA Amendment (Failed 15-23. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment furthers duplicative, costly and time consuming regulations that are currently crippling the management of the U.S. Forest system.

Huffman_019 –Amendment to Replace ANS (Failed 15-23. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment weakens the ANS by cutting many of the proposals and replaces them with weaker and less substantial proposals that will not increase forest management, improve forest health or help rural communities and schools.

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