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

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.
Mar 11, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after being presented with the John D. Dingell award for promoting labor-management cooperation in Congress. The award, named after the late Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI) was presented by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and the National Labor Management Public Affairs Committee (LAMPAC).
Jan 31, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after being appointed Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.
Jan 9, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet this morning regarding California FEMA funding.
Dec 12, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House agreed to the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act – also known as the Farm Bill.
Nov 26, 2018 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after hosting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to tour areas impacted by the Camp Fire and meet with local, state, and federal officials in Paradise, California. In addition, an open roundtable discussion was held involving citizens that have been directly impacted by the fire.
Nov 9, 2018 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Trump granted a federal Emergency Declaration for Butte County following Acting Governor Gavin Newsom’s request for federal aid for areas impacted by the Camp Fire.

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