DEMOCRATS CALLING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PROTECT/RESTORE ANCIENT FORESTS

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February 22, 2022 03:00

5 Democratic members of the Oregon congressional delegation called on the US Departments of Interior and Agriculture to follow Congress’ intent in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to protect and restore old-growth forests as well as to protect other carbon-rich mature forests in Oregon and across the country.

A statement said Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici wrote that the U.S. Forest Service’s climate plan and 10-year wildfire strategy treats hazardous fuels and prescribed fires to reduce wildfire risk must also recognize the climate crisis. and expand to include plans for mature and old-growth forests.

The statement said their letter — also signed by 19 Senate and House colleagues — noted that the legislation also included historic investments in wildfire risk reduction and forest restoration on National Forests and Forests. public lands. They said this requires prioritizing funding for projects that fully maintain or help restore old-growth structure and composition consistent with the characteristics of that forest type.

The lawmakers in their letter asked for answers to a number of questions by the end of March.

The full letter is linked: https://www.wyden.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2022-02-17%20DOI%20and%20USDA%20Old%20Growth.pdf

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