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.

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Apr 14, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), a member of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, issued the following statement after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation aimed at preventing wildfires.

Sep 24, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 4447, the Democrats’ Partisan Energy Takeover Bill. H.R. 4447 promotes far left energy policies that will cost American taxpayers more than $135 billion dollars.
Sep 22, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after he, Senator Daines (R-MT), and other members of the Western Caucus sent a letter to congressional leadership urging for the immediate consideration of H.R. 7978, the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act. H.R. 7978 would streamline forest management projects in the West, train a new generation of forestry professionals and firefighters, increase projects to clear California’s 150 million dead and dying trees, incentivize biomass collection, expedite permitting for the installation of wildfire detection equipment, expand the use of satellite data to assist wildfire response, and expand existing grants to allow for the retrofitting homes and buildings with wildfire resilient materials.
Sep 22, 2020 Press Release
(Red Bluff, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) committed to correcting the Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) contracting issues in USFS Region 5. The USFS uses the VIPR system to contract for all firefighting resources not associated with a fire department including water tenders and other heavy equipment. For the 2020 fire season, Region 5 failed to meet its contracting goals meaning there were insufficient resources to call upon when the number of fires exploded. After Congressman LaMalfa and local contractors met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Jim Hubbard earlier this month to discuss contracting issues, direct action was taken by the Trump Administration to begin to correct the problem for firefighting contractors in California.
Sep 17, 2020 Press Release
(Butte County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Butte Safe Fire Council reported that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) had delayed fire mitigation projects in Berry Creek for eighteen months prior to the North Complex West Zone fire. In August 2018, the Council secured a $836,365 grant to create fuel breaks, reduce vegetation in the area, and clear fuels along evacuation routes but was never able to begin the process due to the lengthy CEQA delay.
Sep 14, 2020 Press Release
(McLellan Park, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after President Donald Trump, Governor Gavin Newsom, CAL FIRE officials, and other stakeholders hosted a roundtable to discuss the ongoing fires in Northern California, and honored The California National Guard for their brave efforts to save stranded citizens
Sep 9, 2020 Press Release
(Oroville, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) to assist the state of California in combating the Bear Fire, currently burning in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties, and the Slater Fire, currently burning in Siskiyou County. FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs, including expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities.
Sep 4, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after introducing the Federal Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11). This bill directs the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to develop a separate and distinct Wildland Firefighter occupational series for employees whose main duties and responsibilities are preparing for, reducing fuels for, and the suppression of wildfires.
Aug 25, 2020 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa invited Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to California to understand how the severe lack of planning, personnel, and equipment has led to extreme wildfire damage. Widespread lightning strikes and the recent heatwave sparked over six hundred fires across the state, including the August Complex (181,051), North Complex (48,235 acres), and Loyalton Fire (47,029 acres) in California’s First District.
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).