Westerman bill on U.S. forest management gains ground

June 12, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON -- Legislation by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., to speed up thinning of federal forests to curb wildfires passed Thursday in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.

The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, HR2647, was sent to the House floor on a nearly party line 22-15 vote.

The bill would streamline environmental analyses, discourage litigation and limit the use of preliminary injunctions to make it easier for the U.S. Forest Service to execute management plans that include removing trees or brush, or selectively burning some areas to generate new growth.

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