House Farm Bill to gut environmental protections for national forests

Apr 12, 2018

Roadless Area in the Olympic National Forest in Washington. Areas like these, protected by the Roadless Rule could be at risk due to provisions in the Farm Bill. 

Mason Cummings/TWS
Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) released a draft of the Farm Bill.

The Wilderness Society released the following statement from National Forest Defense Campaign Manager, Megan Birzell:

Throwing concerns for environmental safeguards out the window, Republicans have larded this partisan bill with threats to sensible forest management and attacks on conservation laws like the Endangered Species Act, the Roadless Rule and the National Environmental Policy Act.

“The ink has barely dried on the omnibus spending bill which contained an historic compromise to enact a fire funding fix. Now, barely a month later, this farm bill backtracks on that agreement and shows that when it comes to undermining our environmental laws, nothing is ever enough.

“This bill is a non-starter and Chairman Conaway should go back to the drawing board and craft a bill that doesn’t jeopardize the health of our forests, gut protections, and undermine sensible laws.”

Contacts:

Megan Birzell, mbirzell@tws.org, 206-382-3521

Anastasia Greene, Communications manager, agreene@tws.org, 540-207-3162