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The push for better forest management

July 12, 2015
Editorials

My first bill, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, passed the House of Representatives on Thursday (July 9). It is bipartisan legislation that will give the Forest Service the tools it needs to better manage our national forests. As a professional forester, I see that our forests are no longer resilient due to overgrowth, wildfire, and disease.

President Teddy Roosevelt worked alongside Yale forester Gifford Pinchot to create our U.S. National Forests. I would credit these two as the fathers of our national forests. Roosevelt said, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.”

We have problems with our current forest policy that has left one of our most treasured natural resources, our federal forests, less resilient and decreased in value. My bill aims to fix these problems through proactive, scientifically sound management.

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