Westerman’s Forestry Bill is Long Overdue
Congressman Bruce Westerman is taking an interest in our nation’s forestry laws. He may not get a lot of credit from the public for this, but he should.
There are a lot of other issues that members of Congress could focus on: tax reform, Obamacare, reducing federal spending … the list goes on and on. So why is forestry so important? It’s because the federal government nearly 250 million acres of forest land. With that ownership comes the responsibility to manage it well.
Unless forestland is managed well, it is ripe for a catastrophic wildfire. Responsible forest management includes such practices as removing timber, so it doesn’t build up and provide fuel for a fire. Unfortunately, current practices and lawsuits from environmental organizations have reduced this kind of timber management. If old trees aren’t removed by logging, or forestland isn’t thinned through controlled burns, this fuel is going to be removed by wildfire. It’s that simple.