The US House has voted to approve legislation aimed to prevent future catastrophic forest fires. The bi-partisan bill was co-sponsored by Congresswoman, Kathy McMorris Rogers and 4th District Representative, Dan Newhouse. In her floor speech in favor of the bill McMorris-Rogers addressed the need for changes in US Forest Service management policies . . .
The legislation would allow the Forest Service to thin the trees in forests up to 30,000 acres using a shorter environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act.
The Forest Service then could more quickly pursue what are known as “forest management projects,” in which the agency removes dead or dying timber and sells it to mills, and then can use the proceeds to care for the forests and make them more resilient to wildfires.
The measure has now been advanced to the Senate.