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

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.
Oct 9, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann to present an Economic Initiative Impact Grant from Rural Development totaling $37,500 to the Indian Valley Community Services District (CSD) for the purchase of a new fire engine.
Sep 20, 2018 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to Agriculture Committee Conferees requesting they include strong forest management provisions in the final Conference Report of the Farm Bill. The letter was sent along with other members of the Congressional Western Caucus.
Jul 19, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6147, the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Jul 10, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the White House announced President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency for Dwight Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond. Dwight and Steven served time in jail for setting controlled burns that spread to small patches of public lands. After completing their sentence, prosecutors won an appeal, resulting in the Hammonds being resentenced to the 5-year mandatory minimum.

Jun 27, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after leading a bipartisan group of California lawmakers in urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other forms of energy production.
May 17, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House unanimously agreed to an amendment to H.R. 2, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, offered by Congressman LaMalfa. The amendment aims to streamline and expedite the regulatory framework necessary to utilize federal lands for broadband infrastructure deployment and improve broadband coverage in Rural America. Final passage of H.R. 2 is scheduled for a floor vote on Friday.
Apr 13, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after language from his legislation, H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, was signed into law last month as part of the overall spending agreement. The legislation provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous trees or other vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure – such as power lines – on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands, reducing the risk of forest fires and electrical grid blackouts.
Apr 12, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement following the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill by the House Agriculture Committee.
Nov 1, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. This bill reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improves the health and resiliency of federal forests.

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