Livestock Groups Hail Passage of Critical Wildfire Legislation

I suppose this beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick but that is about all it beats.

What REALLY needs to be done is for title that 65% of the land area west of the 100th Meridian, to which the FedGov unlawfully claims title, be turned over to its rightful owner–the families that have lived on and took care of it for four or five generations. If the FedGov had not breached its contract with the territories when they became states, this whole wildfire thing would be a non-issue. — jtl, 419

Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association

Rep. Gosar’s Wildfire Prevention Act Passes House  Prevents Catastrophic Wildfires and Stimulates Rural Economies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted on the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (H.R. 1526),  a forest health package that includes Rep. Gosar’s bipartisan wildfire legislation, the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act (H.R. 1345). The Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act, which H.R. 1526 will implement, is aimed at preventing destructive wildfires and stimulating rural economies. The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 244-173.

“We have a forest health crisis in this country and this jobs bill goes a long way towards restoring the environment, improving public safety and putting people back to work. I commend my colleagues for passing this bill.”

Congressman Gosar continued, “If we don’t thin our forests, Mother Nature will do it for us by catastrophic wildfire. The consequences of forest mismanagement cost Arizonans property, natural resources, wildlife and economic growth. Passage of this bill in the House puts us closer to implementing a common-sense approach that we know works.”

Background: On July 31st, the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act was incorporated into a larger forest health package, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, by the House Natural Resources Committee.

Due to redistricting, Rep. Gosar has represented nearly all of rural Arizona over two and a half years in Congress. This area contains nearly forty-eight thousand square miles of U.S. Forest Service land and many of the areas devastated by recent wildfires.

These wildfires include the Wallow Fire – the largest fire in Arizona state history – the Sunflower, Gladiator, Poco, and Bull Flat fires of 2012, and the horrific Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters.

Livestock Groups Hail Passage of Critical Wildfire Legislation

WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2013) -Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Arizona Cattle Grower’s Association (ACGA) today hailed the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of legislation that will improve federal forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfire and support rural economies. The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526, passed with resounding support on a 244 to 173 bipartisan vote. Sponsored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), it includes measures from various previously-introduced bills designed to expedite the removal of hazardous fuels from national forests while simultaneously increasing the economic productivity of those forests.
“This wildfire package could save the livelihoods of thousands of ranchers on and near public lands,” said Brice Lee, Colorado rancher and president of PLC. “Millions of acres across the West burn each year, leaving many communities devastated and a whole lot of livestock with nowhere to go. I applaud Chairman Hastings and the other representatives, such as Paul Gosar of Arizona and Scott Tipton of Colorado, who contributed to this package by offering commonsense, concrete forest management solutions.”
H.R. 1526 includes measures to improve current forest management in a number of ways. It would expedite the regulatory review process in high-risk areas, allowing needed fuel-reducing activities such as livestock grazing and logging to go forward without delay; increase state and local involvement in wildfire prevention; and improve rural schools, infrastructure and overall economies by increasing timber harvests.
“This legislation is a bright spot in an otherwise gridlocked Congress,” said NCBA President Scott George, a rancher and dairy producer from Wyoming. “This bipartisan vote speaks to the simple truth of the matter: endless regulations and pseudo-environmentalists’ litigation is creating a tinderbox. It’s bad for ranchers, communities, wildlife, watersheds, air quality-all of the above. We need a change.”
Dan Bell, Arizona rancher and ACGA president, asked the U.S. Senate to take up the legislation without delay. “Our public lands are producing fuel loads at an astronomical rate; we need action by Congress to allow immediate fuel reductions to protect rural America. We must work towards building resilient ecosystems that do not fall victim to the large catastrophic wildfires that are threatening ranchers’ way of life.”

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