Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Groups hail success of forest protection bill
Today, the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hailed the U.S. House of Representative Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. The legislation, H.R. 1526, seeks to prevent the continuation of catastrophic wildfire events by improving federal forest management. The bill, passed on a voice vote, was offered by Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and includes prescriptive measures offered by various Western congressional members whose districts are threatened by catastrophic wildfire and forest mismanagement. The committee includes the north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa.