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.
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(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee blocked a fire reform package that would have reduced fire risks and reformed federal fire policy. The package contained three amendments.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee blocked an amendment that would have increased pay for Forest Service Firefighters. The Amendment would have provided $2.25 billion over 5 years to increase salaries and associated benefits to better recruit and retain additional US Forest Service Firefighters.
(Chico, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Senator Feinstein and Padilla joined him in asking for a major presidential disaster declaration for the fires in Northern California.
(Chico, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service announced the closure to the public of nine National Forests. Last year the Forest Service closed all of the forests in California to the public for the first time in history. This new forest closure means that the public will be excluded from public lands throughout Northern California.
(Greenville, California) - Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R- Richvale) delivered this weeks Republican Address to the nation from the Dixie Fire, the largest single fire in California’s modern history. His address focuses on the need to address our failing forest policies that have left rural communities in danger and destroy our natural resources.
(Quincy, CA) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement in regards to the ongoing wildfires in Northern California and additional resources provided at the direction of the Biden Administration.
(Chico, CA) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after talking with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the White House:
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after joining colleagues from the House Natural Resources Committee and the Congressional Western Caucus for a Forum on Preventing Catastrophic Wildfires and Restoring Forest Health and Resiliency. Additionally, he joined House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman in introducing the Resilient Federal Forests Act.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after joining with Rep. Rosendale and others to introduce the Forest Litigation Reform Act. This legislation would prevent litigation from impeding responsible forest management practices needed to conserve our forests and mitigate wildfire risk by streamlining the litigation process and creating an alternative dispute process to resolve claims against forestry management projects to be resolved through arbitration.
Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Biden Administration released information on their plan to address wildfires. Over 68 million acres burned in the last decade and over 10 million acres burned in 2020 alone.