Reckless forest legislation takes the public out of public lands, endangering wildlife, clean water

Oct 3, 2017
The Wilderness Society strongly opposes HR 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017,” which is headed for mark-up and a vote of the full committee of the House Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday morning:

Statement from Mike Anderson, senior policy analyst with The Wilderness Society:

“HR 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” would vastly expand the amount of national forest lands that can be logged without public input, and would significantly weaken environmental safeguards for managing America’s national forests. 

“The bill is rife with stipulations that eliminate key aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act, (NEPA), suppressing the voice of the American people on decisions affecting their public lands. In addition the bill would sharply curtail opportunity for judicial review, essentially closing the courthouse door on compliance with environmental laws.

“This reckless piece of legislation does nothing to make our forests healthier. Nor does it adequately address wildfire funding nor fuel reduction where it needs to take place - near homes and communities.  Instead it’s a gift to the logging industry at the expense of wildlife, access to outdoor recreation and clean drinking water for millions of Americans.”  

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For additional information on please go to: https://wilderness.org/press-release/straight-talk-about-wildfire-and-logging-memo-reporters-and-editorial-writers

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.www.wilderness.org.

Contacts:

Mike Anderson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Wilderness Society: (206) 624-1670mike_anderson@tws.org

Kate Mackay, Director – Wildlands Communications: (602) 571-2603kate_mackay@tws.org