Westerman Introduces Bi-Partisan Resilient Federal Forests Act (Video)

June 4, 2015
Press Release
Bill Aims to Reduce Wildfire Threat, Improve Forest Management


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) introduced the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 on Thursday (June 4).

The bill, H.R. 2647, would provide protection to the national forest system by implementing proactive management standards intended to lessen the threat of wildfires and other risks.

“For far too long, our nation’s forests have been fighting a battle for survival. The conflict is not with logging but with the effects of reactive versus proactive management which has resulted in costly confrontations with wildfire, disease, and insects,” Westerman said. “This bill would utilize tools already available to the U.S. Forest Service and provide protection to America’s forests by reducing the risks of wildfires through proper management techniques.”

The bi-partisan bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana), Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania), and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) received praise from House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop, who also noted Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock’s work on the legislation.

“I commend Reps. Westerman, Zinke and McClintock for their leadership in introducing the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, and look forward to moving this bill forward,” Bishop said.