Home > newsroom > Page
Chairman Hastings: Obama Administration's New Federal Forest Regulations Will Cost Jobs, Hurt Forest Health


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 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 American jobs and recreation for local communities and the public. Without proper management, forests are vulnerable to insect and disease infestations, unnatural overgrowth and catastrophic wildfires. Protecting multiple-use and public access to the public’s lands is essential to ensure that our forests stay healthy, species are protected and local communities thrive.

”When the proposed regulation was initially released last February, I joined 58 other Representatives in sending a letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack raising concerns about its de-emphasis of active forest management and emphasis on climate change and ecosystem-based management. Much of these concerns about jobs apparently fell on deaf ears. These new Obama regulations introduce excessive layers of bureaucracy that will cost jobs, hinder proper forest management, increase litigation and add burdensome costs for Americans.

“National forests need to be managed for the benefit of all land users. This cannot be done under a planning process that increases costly, burdensome regulations and undermines the multiple-use benefits of this abundant resource. Within the past year, the Forest Service has proposed closing more recreational roads, imposed restrictions on ski areas, and recommended closing whole areas of wilderness.

“If implemented, this new Obama regulation will cost jobs and allow for further deterioration of our forests’ health.”

###

Printable PDF of this document


Contact: Jill Strait, Spencer Pederson or Crystal Feldman 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop Statement on Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on Hurricane Maria’s impact on the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: "The residents...... Read more

Preserving an American Tradition: Maintaining Access and Increasing Opportunities on our Public Lands

OP-ED: Preserving an American Tradition: Maintaining Access and Increasing Opportunities on our Public Lands Congressman Rob Bishop Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources Sportsmen are the he...... Read more

Bishop Statement on Dan Love Employment Status

Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the employment status of Senior Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Manager Dan Love: “The previous administration turned a blind eye...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Legislative Hearing on 3 Tribal Recognition Bills
Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs | 1334 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Exploring Solutions to Reduce Risks of Catastrophic Wildfire and Improve Resiliency of National Forests
Oversight and Investigations | 1334 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3400
| 1334 Longworth House Office Building
View All Events