Professional timber harvesters have a seat at the seat at the table as the Trump Administration seeks to change the way federally-owned forests are managed.
This week ALC Executive Vice President Danny Dructor and Associated Oregon Loggers Executive Vice President (and ALC Policy Committee Chair) Jim Geisinger were invited to to an inter-agency listening session on wildfires with federal, congressional, and state stakeholders including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
It’s clear this administration is prepared to take action to improve the management of federal forest lands, and promote timber harvesting and thinning to reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfires. But we need Congress to act and provide relief from the endless environmental lawsuits and agency “analysis paralysis” that is preventing the proper management of these lands. This is why we need your help.
Congress is now debating many issues as it seeks to pass end-of-year legislation to avoid a government shutdown by December 22. Among these are federal wildfire suppression funding and measures to improve federal forest management.
This is a good time to urge your federal representatives to pass solutions that promote active forest management and reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfires and insect infestations. Click here to send your representatives this important message.
On November 1, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act to give the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management policy and legal tools to make federal forests less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease while putting more Americans back to work in the woods. The U.S. Senate has yet to act, but is considering a wildfire “funding fix” and reforms that would result in logging, thinning and other fuels reduction on federal land.
Some members of Congress only want to deal with how wildfire is budgeted by the federal government, but this only fixes one symptom of a larger problem. The Forest Service estimates over 100 million acres are at some risk of severe fire. Any fix to wildfire suppression funding should include reasonable reforms that help restore our forests back to health. Please take a moment to send this message.