Chairman Newhouse, Peters Introduce Root & Stem Act
Legislation empowers federal agencies to efficiently treat forests through a collaborative process
Washington, October 17, 2022 | Elizabeth Daniels (202-280-8720)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Root & Stem Act, which provides the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management with a clear statutory tool to treat forests more efficiently and empower collaborative processes through “Root & Stem” projects.
“I have seen firsthand how these collaborative projects can benefit both local economies and the environment,” said Chairman Newhouse. “By encouraging ‘Root & Stem’ projects, we can ensure more effective stewardship of our resources and desperately-needed management of our forests. I am proud to partner with Representative Peters to introduce this bipartisan legislation because it is a necessary step in reversing decades of mismanagement and restoring healthy federal forests.”
"The Root and Stem bill will accelerate forest management projects that are smart and rooted in science to protect our ecosystems and climate," said Rep. Peters. "As we combat the increasing risks of wildfires and drought due to climate change, bipartisan action to protect our forests and public lands will be more critical than ever. I thank Chairman Newhouse for his partnership on this legislation."
By authorizing the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to propose and enter collaborative stewardship contracts and agreements, this legislation will allow the agencies to accomplish more hazardous fuels reduction and empower the agencies to engage with state, local, and tribal partners to ensure forest management projects compliment ongoing conservation efforts, benefit communities, and protect local ecosystems.
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The Root & Stem Act will: