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If managed wisely, America’s national forests can provide clean water, wildlife habit, recreational opportunities, and abundant domestic supplies of wood products and support thousands of jobs in the timber industry.

Unfortunately, this year’s wildfire season like recent past wildfire seasons, promises to produce several catastrophic fires that have resulted in the tragic loss of life and property.  However, in many cases it’s possible to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through proactive, healthy forest management.  While factors such as prolonged drought continue to raise the risk of wildfire, it is imperative that the federal government actively address the one issue within its control: hazardous fuels. Unnatural, overgrown, and unhealthy forests increase the risk of wildfire. Active management; e.g., thinning the forest, helps protect and restore forests while also helping local economies and creating jobs.

The inability of the Forest Service to thin forests due to overly cumbersome and lengthy environmental processes, certain environmental groups filing litigation as well as lack of sufficient agency focus on this challenge has led to a preponderance of overgrown, fire-prone stands of trees.  This condition has resulted in deadly and catastrophic forest fires that endanger communities, hurt local economies and release massive amounts of emissions into the atmosphere. 

H.R. 2936, The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

Introduced by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), H.R. 2936 is a bipartisan solution that addresses the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire and solves the problem of “fire-borrowing.” H.R. 2936 includes tools that can be utilized immediately by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to dramatically improve the health and resiliency of our federal forests and rangelands. The bill streamlines onerous environmental review processes to get work done on the ground quickly, without sacrificing environmental protection. The bill also minimizes the threat of frivolous litigation by providing alternatives to resolve legal challenges against forest management activities. Learn more by reading the graphic below.


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