Risch and Moore Introduce Bicameral Bill to Improve Forest Fire Prevention – Dailyfly.com Lewis-Clark Valley Community
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WASHINGTON – Today, US Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Representative Blake Moore (R-Utah) introduced bicameral legislation to better manage fire pools, or landscapes at extremely high risk of catastrophic fire.
Forest Improvement through Research and Emergency Stewardship for Ecosystem Health Development and Sustainability Act (FIRESHEDS). would allow governors to enter into joint agreements with land management agencies to designate forest fire management areas and implement management projects. It would also expedite the environmental review process to critically reduce fuel and prescribed burns to better protect public health, critical infrastructure, wildlife habitats and watersheds.
The other senatorial co-sponsors of the FIRESHEDS Act are Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) And Steve Daines (R-Mont.).
“The time has long passed to slowly reduce our forest health problems and hope that the problem will improve by next year. Idaho is 40 percent forest, the vast majority of which is managed by government entities, and decades of poor forest management have left millions of these acres vulnerable to the types of catastrophic fires that are increasingly on the rise. have become the norm in the West ”, said Senator Risch. “The FIRESHEDS Act will provide governors and federal land management agencies with greater latitude to work together to responsibly manage landscapes to improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire. and destroyers. “
“Over a billion acres of land in the United States is at risk of wildfires, and this is a major problem in Utah and the west as we experience a historic drought season.” , he added. said Representative Moore. “This rapid increase in forest fires is due to overpopulation of forests, fire exclusion policies, and so on. The FIRE FIRES Act would address these challenges by establishing forest fire zones and giving our land managers the tools they need to better prevent, mitigate and respond to forest fires. I am proud to lead this effort at a critical time as our country responds quickly to a surge in wildfires. “
Organizations who have approved the FIRESHEDS Act include Idaho Forest Group, Associated Logging Contractors — Idaho, Federal Forest Resource Coalition, Missouri Forest Products Association, Colorado Timber Industry Association, Associated California Loggers, Louisiana Forestry Association, Minnesota Forest Industries, American Forest Resource Council, Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, Michigan Forest Products Council, Black Hills Forest Resource Association, Intermountain Forest Association, Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers of Minnesota, American Loggers Council, Montana Wood Products Association, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, Associated Oregon Loggers, American Forest & Paper Association, American Walnut Manufacturers Association, Hardwood Federation, US Geospatial Executives Organization, National Society of Professional Surveyors, and National Association of Forest Service Retirees.