Action Alert

September 14, 2017

Stand Up For Sierra Forests! Ask Your Congressman to VOTE NO on the Resilient Federal Forests Act

Talking Points for Calling Your Congressman

The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936) stands in the face of decades of public input and collaboration by putting many of our most basic environmental protections at risk. This deceivingly-titled bill uses the guise of “forest restoration” to promote logging on federal lands, regardless of environmental costs. Several of California’s federal legislators are in a position to prevent this destructive bill from becoming law.

The Resilient Federal Forests Act: 

  • Allows logging projects up to 30,000 acres to occur without consideration for wildlife, water quality, fire resiliency, old growth forests, or other ecological consequences
  • Severely limits citizen groups’ ability to challenge public land agencies in court
  • Cripples the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s ability to protect endangered and threatened species
  • Uses taxpayer dollars to incentivize logging in certain western counties through the Secure Rural Schools Act
  • Threatens potential wilderness lands by allowing and encouraging logging in roadless areas
  • Increases fire risk by allowing salvage logging projects up to 10,000 acres (40 times the current size) to occur with no environmental review
  • Indirectly rescinds Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by requiring that these lands be managed for timber production
  • Fails to adequately fund the federal government’s ability to control wildfires and protect communities

For more information, see the following:

Joint conservation group letter, June 26, 2017

Summary and analysis of the bill by attorney Mike Anderson of The Wilderness Society

An immense body of sound science has taught us that unregulated logging does not promote healthy forests. If Congress is serious about forest restoration, they should instead adequately fund the Forest Service and BLM’s fire management programs by fixing the ongoing issue of “fire-borrowing”.

The following key California Congressmen can help make sure this bill never leaves the U.S. House of Representatives. Please take 3 minutes to call these legislators to demand that they oppose the Resilient Federal Forests Act:

Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-4, Republican co-sponsor of the bill): (202) 225-2511
Rep. David Valadao (CA-21, Republican co-sponsor of the bill): (202) 225-4695 
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20, Democrat, House Agriculture Committee):  (202) 225-2861
Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16, Democrat, House Agriculture Committee): (202) 225-2341
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1; Republican, House Agriculture Committee):  (202) 225-3076
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10; Republican, House Agriculture Committee): (202) 225-4540

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