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Fulcher supports new forest health efforts

May 11, 2019
In The News

Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher is pushing for the passage of the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2019, this year’s iteration of a bill that would provide for, among other things, clearing trees in the name of wildfire prevention.

“I am … concerned that this bill limits public participation in the management of public lands,” Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) said before voting against the 2017 bill. “It reduces the consideration of forest management alternatives to two options: action or no action. It creates overly broad exclusions for projects to skirt environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.”

Bonamici added that the bill reduced opportunities for the public to engage meaningfully in forest management decisions, and that an arbitration pilot program would circumvent the judicial process.