Forestry

Forestry

The health and productivity of national forests have never been at a more critical juncture – 129 million dead and dying trees statewide from drought and insect and disease epidemics.

As a result of decades of aggressive fire suppression and hands-off management practices, our forests have become overgrown and mismanaged to the point of becoming virtual tinderboxes. In many cases, these catastrophic fires cannot be controlled, threatening entire communities and leaving charred forests that may not recover for a century or more. These are not the natural fires that have historically cleaned up the forest floors. Fires of the size, magnitude and intensity that we have seen with increasing frequency in recent years are, very simply, an incredibly serious threat to public health and safety.

This is why we must commit to common sense policies that allow local forest professionals, who know and understand the land, more flexibility to access our forests and thin them in a way that reduces fuels and restores them to a more fire resilient and healthier condition.  Most recently, I was happy to see my bill, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, signed into law. This legislation removes red tape so utility providers can remove hazardous vegetation near power lines before it can cause a wildfire.

In Congress, I will continue fighting for balanced, common sense forestry reforms that help prevent fires before they occur and start recovering our national forests.

For more information concerning my work and views related to Forestry, please contact me.
 

More on Forestry

Aug 7, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) announced the introduction of the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act. This bipartisan bill will help protect the West from catastrophic wildfires by implementing wildfire prevention projects, sustaining healthier forests, and providing important energy and retrofitting assistance to businesses and residences to protect from future risks of wildfire. Original cosponsors of the legislation include Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT-At Large), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Congressman Josh Harder (D-CA-10), Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Congressman TJ Cox (D-CA-21), and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24). The Senate companion bill is being led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT).
Feb 12, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2546, the Colorado Wilderness Package.
Feb 4, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 5774, the Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones (CLEAR Zones) Act. H.R. 5744 builds off current law resulting from the passage of Congressman LaMalfa’s Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which provided a process through the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to remove trees that posed a hazard to nearby power lines. The CLEAR Zones Act extends the area around utility rights-of-way that must be kept safe from hazard trees, accelerates the review process by providing for a categorical exemption from environmental assessments, and ensures plans will be approved within 60 days.
Jan 23, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after he, and a group of bipartisan colleagues, sent a letter asking California State Treasurer Fiona Ma to understand and abide by provisions in Public Law 116-94 that allocated tax credits to areas affected by wildfires in 2017 and 2018 – including  Butte, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, Yuba, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties – in order to build and replace affordable housing for the victims.

Jan 17, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) released the following statement about a letter he and a group of bipartisan colleagues recently wrote to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urging the Federal and State governments to halt their reimbursement claims from wildfire victims’ settlement funds.

Jan 15, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement ensuring that FEMA will not seek reimbursement for debris removal services for wildfire victims.

Oct 9, 2019 Press Release
(Chico, CA) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after speaking to the CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Monday to urge them to speed up hardening power generation and transmission assets to prevent future power outages and eliminate needless fire risk.
Oct 1, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S. Forest Service (USFS) proposed a new rule to strengthen vegetation management near power lines and electric rights-of-way, as authorized by language authored by Rep. LaMalfa that was signed into law in 2018.
Aug 16, 2019 Press Release
(Lake Tahoe, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining the Congressional Western Caucus, the U.S. Forest Service, and California Farm Bureau Second Vice President Shaun Crook to tour forests in Lake Tahoe, CA and advocate for responsible forest management policies.
Mar 22, 2019 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to waive environmental regulations and speed up forest management prior to the next wildfire season, such as the removal of dead trees.

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