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GOP & Dem coalition urges forest reform (before wildfire)

April 23, 2014 --

healthy-forests-logoBy Healthy Forests & Healthy Communities

With wildfire season approaching across the American West, there’s increasing pressure on the U.S. Senate to act on measures to restore the health of federal forests while creating jobs in rural communities.

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. House members earlier this week sent a letter pressing new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to pass legislation to reform federal forest management policies.

Last September,  the U.S. House approved H.R. 1526, also known as the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, to overhaul federal forest policies to expedite timber sales and forest restoration programs.  The Senate so far has failed to act on national forestry legislation, including HR 1526 and Sen. John Barrasso’s National Forest Jobs and Management Act (S. 1966).

In their letter to Sen. Landrieu, the House members highlighted the need for reforms:

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