The Wilderness Society released the following statement from Lydia Weiss, Government Relations Director for Lands, regarding the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s consideration of the Wildfire Budgeting, Response, and Forest Management Act of 2016, a discussion draft bill meant to address forest management, wildfire and fire funding.
“The Wilderness Society has long advocated for a clean fix to the fire borrowing crisis, but the draft legislation being heard by the Senate Energy Committee this morning only gets us part of the way there. What’s more, it is full of controversial policy provisions that would encourage old growth logging in America's temperate rainforests like the Tongass and limit citizens’ ability to weigh in on the management of national forests that belong to all Americans.
We encourage the committee to focus on the urgent charge of passing a clean fire borrowing solution and not sabotage that process by adding divisive policy provisions that would dismantle bedrock environmental laws.”
- Find additional TWS analysis of the draft legislation here.
- Read a letter from more than 25 conservation groups opposing the discussion draft.
- Read more about America’s temperate rainforests here.