Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.
2015 Madrona Avenue, Salem, OR

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Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. (AOL) is the statewide trade association representing some 1,000 member companies engaged in the harvest and sustainable forest management of Oregon’s 30 million acres of forestland. “Logger and Proud of It!”

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Congress Must Step Up To The Plate!

 

 

As the wildfire season finally subsides, and the MLB World Series is upon us, it is time for Congress to step up to the plate. With 700,000 acres of forest land burned in Oregon and the residents of Santa Rosa, California still sifting through the ruins of thousands of homes searching for family heirlooms, it is time for Congress to finally take assertive action to address how our federal government suppresses wildfire and how it manages its forests to prevent catastrophic-scale infernos moving forward.

The silver lining around this year’s catastrophic wildfire season is that it has finally received the attention from the Trump Administration and a broad and bi-partisan group of legislators that it deserves. Senators and House members from the northwest and other regions of the country appear to be aligned and motivated to finally address this issue in a meaningful way.

While there appears to be unanimity on the need to reform the funding of fire suppression activities and begin to treat large fires as the natural catastrophes that they are, there is still controversy surrounding the need to restore active management of our federal forests as a means to prevent large scale fires in the future.

We believe the solution lies in the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017. This bill was introduced by Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR), the only professional forester in the House of Representatives. It has been passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee and most recently the House Agriculture Committee with bi-partisan support. It is awaiting a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. Here is what the supporters of the bill are saying:

“I’m happy to see the ball moving forward on this important bill. Our land managers need the tools and resources we are providing through this legislation to address our growing forest health and wildfire crisis. We will move this to the floor and work with the Senate to ensure that these reforms become the law.” Chairman of the House Resources Committee Rob Bishop (R-UT)

“Passage if the Resilient Federal Forests Act out of the House Committee on Agriculture proves that Congress is serious about working together to tackle the major issues. With property and lives on the line across the western United States, it again highlights the necessity of the Resilient Federal Forests Act. I thank Chairman Conaway for moving this bill through the committee and I urge quick passage in the House,” Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Passage of this bill in the House of Representatives is almost a certainty. Our challenge will be in the U.S. Senate. Our two Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, have been supportive of reforming the fire suppression funding piece of this puzzle. Their positions on restoring active management of our federal forests and their positions on the Resilient Federal Forests Act are less than clear. It is important that we urge them to support this bill when it arrives in the Senate. I will be in Washington, D.C. the week of October 30 to deliver this message personally. But it is equally important that they hear from all our AOL members, as well.

The Forest Service estimates that there are approximately 60-80 million acres of national forest at high to very high risk of catastrophic wildfire. Although it is scientifically proven that active forest management reduces fire severity, the USFS only treats between 1 and 2% of high risk acres each year. As a result, nearly 8.5 million acres have burned nationwide this year resulting in $2 billion in fire suppression costs, making 2017 the most expensive year on record.

This simply must stop! Urge Senators Wyden and Merkley to support the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.

Additional Information: https://naturalresources.house.gov/hr2936/


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