Westerman, Western Caucus Members Introduce Legislation to Improve Land Management, Prevent Wildfires

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressional Western Caucus Vice Chair and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Bruce Westerman (AR-04) introduced the Resilient Federal Forests Act with the support of Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Western Caucus Members from rural communities across the country. This comprehensive land management legislation aims to restore healthy federal lands ...

Newhouse: Massive Land Grab Legislation Will Devastate Rural Communities in the West

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) spoke on the House floor to urge a no vote on H.R. 803, a partisan package of eight wilderness bills affecting lands and waters in Colorado, Arizona, California, and Washington. The package creates 1.5 million acres of new wilderness, which is the most restrictive federal land use classification. It permanently withdraws 1.2 million acres from...

Forest Service Announces Final NEPA Rule

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the U.S. Forest Service announced their final rule to reform their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation regulations. “The final rule announced today by the Forest Service is a giant leap forward in protecting communities from catastrophic wildfire. The current NEPA process has become too cumbersome and ...

Congress Finally Recognizes the West is Burning

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing on wildfires effecting the Western United States. “Today's hearing is long overdue. The West has been devastated by wildfires this fire season and Congress has sat on its hands and done nothing. Just this year, over 700,000 acres have bur...

Forest Service Takes Important Step to Mitigate Wildfire Risk

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the U.S. Forest Service issued its final rule to manage vegetation inside utility corridors. “This year, fire season is already having a catastrophic effect across the West. As we see fire season after fire season, one of the many ways catastrophic wildfires can start is ignition from nearby utility infrastructure, such a...

Western Caucus Members Applaud Today's Action by USDA

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Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a memorandum to the Chief of the Forest Service regarding forest management activities, public access, and wildfire prevention: "Today’s announcement is another important step is getting our nations forests and grasslands working again. For too long, the federal government has failed in ...

Western Caucus Members Send Letters to Administration Seeking Swift Action this Fire Season

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Today, Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) along with other Western Caucus members sent two letters to the Administration, one to Attorney General Barr, and the other to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and DOI Secretary David Bernhardt. These letters call on the administration to take swift action to fight catastrophic wildfire, as well as protecting active forest management activ...

Trump Administration Proactively Curbs Wildfire Risks

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Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed a final decision to construct and maintain a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million- acre area in portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington: "One of the easiest ways to prevent cata...

Trump Delivers Another Victory for Alaska

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Today, Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) and Vice-Chairman for Indian Affairs and Oceans Don Young (AK-At Large) released the following statements after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement offering a range of alternatives to roadless management and a proposed Alaska Roadless Rule: Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): ...

Western Caucus Members Rebuke Passage of Reckless Spending Package

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Members of the Congressional Western Caucus released statements in response to House passage of H.R. 3055, legislation that attempts to fund the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020

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