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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.
A growing chorus of Americans – including mainstream environmental groups – are acknowledging that active forest management can improve forest health, lessen the severity and cost of fires and protect communities and the environment.
 
Earlier this week, the Committee passed H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, to solve America’s forest health crisis. To date, 95 conservation, forestry and industry associations support the bill. Here’s what they’re saying:Conservation Groups:  

Foresters:

 Fish and Wildlife Agencies: 

Counties: 

Industry:  

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