Jul 23, 2021 | Advocacy, Blog

Support Needed For Wildfire Mitigation Bill

Support for Forest Resilience Legislation Needed

Timing is Right to Address Worsening Drought

As the drought worsens across the West, wildfire is threatening the entire ecosystem which includes the forests that provide the watersheds forming the basis of supplying water to our communities and our farms. We applaud House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) for re-introducing the bipartisan bill H.R. 4641, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, which would address the environmental and economic threats of catastrophic wildfires.

“Record-breaking wildfires in the West repeatedly highlight the need for proactive, scientific forest management,” Rep. Westerman said. “Decades of mismanagement have led to insect infestation, hazardous fuel buildup and dead and decaying trees, creating tinderboxes for the smallest stray spark to ignite a raging inferno. It’s time for Congress to stop sitting on our hands and actually allow the Forest Service to use proven, scientific methods when managing our forests so that we can prevent these fires from occurring in the first place.”

A bulleted summary of the legislation can be found here. The Alliance joins 85 organizations in support of this legislation. The bill enjoys the support of 67 original cosponsors from both parties. We ask that you share your support of H.R. 4641 with your Member of Congress.

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