Westerman Forestry Bill Passes U.S. House
A bill sponsored by Arkansas’s fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman, to recalibrate management plans of forests on federal lands has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill passed on a 262 to 167 vote, with many Democrats voting against. On the house floor Westerman spoke of the need for better forest management.
“Our forests are living and dynamic. But we have a problem of delayed decision-making or even worse—no decision-making at all.,” he said. “This bill incentives collaboration and speeds up the implementation of collaborative projects while safeguarding strong and timely environmental reviews.”
While praising many aspects of the bill, including the bill’s emphasis of preventative fire maintenance, Representative Nikki Tsongas, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said it also obstructs the rights of citizens seeking to legally challenge U.S. Forestry practices.