Comments on Wildfire Budgeting, Response and Forest Management Act of 2016

  • Jun 13, 2016
  • Comment Letters

To: U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Subject: Wildfire Budgeting, Response and Forest Management Act of 2016

Letter excerpt:

In addition to the provisions discussed above, we appreciate the inclusion of language specifically aimed at accelerating restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Drysite Mixed Conifer Forests, and the recognition that these areas deserve unique consideration. However, we have concerns that the process outlined in the draft Wildfire Budgeting, Response, and Forest Management Act may not, despite best efforts, translate into a significant acceleration of the approval process on-the-ground and look forward to working with you on this issue. As you know, the body of science and empirical evidence showing the urgent need to treat these forest types in order to restore a natural fire regime is substantial. The Forest Service should be allowed to utilize this extensive experience and expertise to directly make decisions about management activities that will protect ecosystems, wildlife habitat, watersheds and all of the multiple values of our forests from catastrophic wildfire.

This provision could also be improved by amending Subtitle D, Sec. 331. (1) Eligible Areas (B) to include (iii) municipal watersheds where wildfire can result in significant adverse impacts to water quality, hydropower generation, environmental quality and human health and safety

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