Thursday Top of the Scroll: Forests: Lawmakers plead for federal help as Western fires rage
Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said yesterday they secured a public hearing on legislation to ease some regulatory hurdles for forest management projects… The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will take up the bill, S. 4431, next week. The “Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act,” would also allow the Forest Service to declare emergencies in certain areas affected by wildfire, allowing for restoration with less-extensive environmental review.
- Sacramento Bee: As fires rage, U.S. Forest Service closes California’s woods to public use for first time
- Redding Record Searchlight: ‘You can’t manage it’: Agriculture undersecretary takes heat during North State visit
- Red Bluff Daily News: Rep. Doug LaMalfa and Agriculture Undersecretary talk forest management