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What They're Saying: Wildfire Crisis Edition

housenr scopeJune 30, 2017 | House Committee on Natural Resources  

Thanks to years of neglect, the nation’s once flourishing federal forests have morphed into dense, dead and burned out wastelands. These overgrown, fire-prone thickets are increasingly susceptible to catastrophic wildfire, threatening the lives and livelihoods of countless communities. What’s even more disturbing than the escalating toll placed upon private property, human safety and the environment: it’s all preventable.

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Committee Passes Bill to Improve the Health and Resiliency of Federal Forests

house nrWASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan bill to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improve the health of federal forests and rangelands. 

Read more: Committee Passes Bill to Improve the Health and Resiliency of Federal Forests

Committee Advances Bill to Ease Impediments to Recreation on Public Lands

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Today (Jun 27, 2017), the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 289, the “Guides and Outfitters Act” or “Go Act.” Introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), the bill aims to increase public access to recreation activities on federal lands by streamlining the federal permitting process.

Read more: Committee Advances Bill to Ease Impediments to Recreation on Public Lands

Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

house nrWashington, D.C. – Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule.
 
“This rule emboldened federal bureaucrats and placed special interests ahead of local communities and states in resource management decisions. I am pleased the Senate followed the House in passing this joint resolution to restore decision making power to the people who actually live in these areas. These communities need more say, not less,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) stated.

Read more: Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

House Introduces Stream Protection Rule Repeal Under the Congressional Review Act

house nrWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Bill Johnson (R-OH),  Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced H. J. Res. 38. This is a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act related to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSM) final Stream Protection Rule (SPR). During the rulemaking process, OSM shut out cooperative agencies – the states responsible for enforcing federal mining regulations – and ignored the existing regulatory success as the state and federal level.

Read more: House Introduces Stream Protection Rule Repeal Under the Congressional Review Act

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