LaMalfa Pushes for Responsible Forest Management at Lake Tahoe Forestry Tour
Aug 16, 2019
(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.
LaMalfa said: “The project site that we toured with the Western Caucus is the type of result we desire for our forests – to be responsibly thinned – and it’s the direct result of provisions we worked hard to include in the WIIN Act at the end of the 114th Congress. Now, we’d like to see some of these proven policies applied on a broader scale to help make our forests more resilient to fires and more sustainable during droughts. A managed forest gives our firefighters a fighting chance at slowing wildfires before they get even worse. I’ve been working with Senator Daines and Senator Feinstein to craft legislation that allows us to do the work to improve the health and fire safety by putting people back to work in the forests of the West. I thank my colleagues in the Western Caucus and our friends at the California Farm Bureau for joining us on this trip and helping to spread the important message of responsible forest management in reducing fire risk.”
The project was implemented under S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2016.
Rep. LaMalfa is joined by CA Farm Bureau Second Vice President Shaun Crook to tour forest management project in Lake Tahoe with the Congressional Western Caucus. [YouTube]
Congressman LaMalfa’s bill, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (H.R. 1873), was signed into law last year. 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.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.