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

Jul 12, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending letters to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. In the letters, LaMalfa asks the agencies to assist in combating illegal marijuana growers on federal lands.
Jun 27, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after his bill, H.R. 289, the Guides and Outfitters (GO) Act passed the Natural Resources Committee. This legislation helps more Americans enjoy federal lands by streamlining the approval of special recreation permits issued by the National Park Service (NPS), the US Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other federal agencies.
Jun 21, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, introduced by Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). The bipartisan 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. The bill passed the House by a margin of 300-118.
Oct 26, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement encouraging North State residents to consider adopting wild horses available following the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Gather Operations through Modoc National Forest.
May 31, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in United States Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, affirming that landowners have the right to seek judicial review of government designations of private property as Waters of the United States (WOTUS).
May 5, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) announced that he has introduced the Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act), H.R. 5129. The GO Act will continue to make recreation services available to the public and renew the authorization for outfitter and guide permits while eliminating bureaucratic red tape.
Feb 29, 2016 Press Release
Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of the Sportsmens’ Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which reasserts the rights of hunters and anglers to access public lands.
Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa today released the following statement regarding his vote against the $1.1 trillion spending package to fund the government through September 2016.

“We knew going in that Speaker Ryan was working to make the best of the bad hand he was dealt when he was chosen to lead the House. However, I could not support the final product of negotiations.

Apr 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) announced that he will be hosting a Congressional Fire Forum at two separate locations on Wednesday April 8th, 2015. The Congressman and his staff will be on hand to hear how residents were impacted by Siskiyou County fires and discuss forest management reforms to reduce the threat of fires. 

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