House Passes Forestry Bill
The U.S. House today approved a historic forestry bill, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. The bill renews the federal governmentís commitment to actively manage federal forests to create jobs in the woods, improve forest health, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and generate revenue for local communities to provide essential local services like schools and law enforcement.
During debate over passage of the plan, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden told his colleagues of the dire situation faced in Oregonís forested communities because of broken federal forest policy.
The bill contains the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act, a plan offered by Walden and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader to deal with Oregonís unique O&C lands. Their proposal would put people back to work in the woods and generate revenues to failing Oregon counties.
The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate.