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

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.
Oct 12, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2266, the disaster supplemental appropriations package. This legislation sends $36.5 billion toward wildfire suppression and hurricane relief – with $576.5 million going towards fighting recent catastrophic wildfires in the western United States.
Oct 11, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, passed the Natural Resources Committee.
Oct 5, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a request to Congress of $576.5 million in wildfire suppression funding, as well as recommending increased forest management and reforms. This comes after Rep. LaMalfa and many of his House colleagues sent a letter to the OMB, requesting comprehensive forest management and wildland fire budgeting reforms.
Oct 5, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 3907, the Federal Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act. This bill will direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to allow those who risk their lives fighting wildfires to be called “Wildland Firefighters.”
Sep 13, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. This bill protects Americans’ access to public lands, enhances hunting and fishing opportunities, and, with the adoption of an amendment LaMalfa authored to include his HR 289 (the “GO Act”), modernizes federal agencies’ special recreation permit process.
Aug 24, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after State Assemblyman Brian Dahle was named the new California State Assembly Republican Leader.

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