Westerman Applauds Perdue’s USFS Memorandum
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a memorandum to the United States Forest Service (USFS):
“This memorandum is a major step toward better management of our national forests and grasslands. Every American can appreciate the importance and the beauty of America’s forests and grasslands. However, what most do not realize is that these ecosystems are living, breathing organisms. The healthiest forests are ones that are actively managed, not left susceptible to diseases and wildfire. For the past several decades, the Forest Service has not had its priorities straight in terms of proper management. I applaud Secretary Perdue and Chief Christensen for taking another positive step in improving those priorities. I look forward to seeing these new strategies improve the health of our national forests and grasslands, so we can continue to enjoy these special places for generations to come.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), today’s memorandum will increase the productivity of national forests and grasslands, value America’s grazing heritage and the national grasslands, increase access to our national forests, and expedite environmental reviews to support active management.
The memorandum represents another positive step towards improving the health of our nation’s forests and grasslands. Perdue, in conjunction with Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, has taken steps to boost the productivity of U.S. lands, increase public recreation access, and prevent wildfires through active management. Specifically, Perdue directed Christiansen to streamline the regulations that frequently prevent the scientific management of our national forests, which in turn leads to reduced productivity and increased wildfire. Perdue also directed Christiansen to open thousands of new acres nationwide to hiking, hunting, fishing and many more recreational opportunities.
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