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November 13, 2020 Weekly Columns

Ever since I was elected to Congress, I’ve served on the House Committee on Natural Resources. This committee oversees public land management, water resources, critical minerals and more. It also has jurisdiction over wildlife management, something that I am particularly interested in as an avid sportsman. When I get on a flight home to Hot Springs from D.C., I’m usually looking forward to fishing in Lake Ouachita or hunting in the woods, depending on the season. I’ve been to all 50 U.S.

October 30, 2020 Weekly Columns

It’s no secret that spending time outdoors in Arkansas is an integral part of my life. Fishing in Lake Ouachita, rafting in the Ozarks, early morning duck hunting – these are memories that last forever. Much of this happens on Arkansas’ 2 million acres of public land, which is managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI). It’s important that we keep this land healthy for years to come, and I was so pleased to welcome DOI Deputy Secretary Katherine MacGregor to Arkansas and discuss how we can work together to steward our resources well.

October 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) hosted Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Katherine MacGregor in the Fourth District of Arkansas.

October 16, 2020 Weekly Columns

If you’ve ever spent any time with me, you’ll know that I’m passionate about sound environmental policy. As a licensed forester and lifelong resident of the Natural State, I believe we have an unchosen obligation to steward our resources well and leave the world in better condition than we found it. Part of this responsibility means caring for forests, the backbone of our clean air, clean water and thriving wildlife habitats.

October 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order establishing the United States interagency council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. In Congress, 36 members have cosponsored U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman’s (R-Ark.) Trillion Trees Act, which would codify the executive order and implement sound forest management practices in the U.S.

October 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump issued an executive order establishing the United States interagency council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response:

October 9, 2020 Weekly Columns

Every year I take a few days to thank some of the many men and women who work in Arkansas agriculture. This year in particular highlighted how important agriculture is to the economy and our daily lives. Without farmers and ranchers continuing to run operations during COVID-19, we wouldn’t have had food on our shelves or meat in the freezer.

October 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) concluded his annual tour of Arkansas agriculture, where he visited with farmers and other agriculture producers across the Fourth District. Westerman issued the following statement:

October 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led four of his colleagues on the House floor for a special order on wildfires in the West. U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) and G.T. Thompson (R-Penn.) joined to share how wildfires are affecting their districts, and how to use sound forest management to mitigate their severity.

September 18, 2020 Weekly Columns

As wildfires burn across the West, many Americans have lost their loved ones, their homes and all their possessions. My prayers are with everyone who has been displaced or who is heroically fighting the fires, and I hope these blazes are quickly contained. Unfortunately, fires like this have become so common that we refer to this time of year as “wildfire season.” I don’t think we just have to accept this as the new normal. In all my years as a forester, I’ve seen firsthand that scientific forest management works.