NWA editorial: Seeing the forests
Today is a big day for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, who represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas, and for the nation's federal forests.
The Republican freshman Westerman, whose district covers much of south and western Arkansas and extends as far north as Madison County, will see his first bill reach the House floor today. Given the volume of national forests and logging companies within his district, perhaps it's no surprise the bill has to do with how to manage the trees on public lands.
Westerman, who holds a master's degree in forestry from Yale University, is the sponsor of the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015. The bill attempts to strengthen the hand of the U.S. Forest Service in managing 193 million acres in 154 national forests.