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Local Agencies Encourage Forest Management Legislation

Two agencies representing rural counties have joined together to support enactment of legislation to better manage California’s National Forests.¬† Nevada County Supervisor Nate Beason, who is vice chair of the Rural County Representatives of California says they are joined by the California State Association of Counties¬† in urging Congress to enact healthy forest legislation in 2014.
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Two weeks ago R-C-R-C and C-SAC authored a joint letter to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources urging the creation of bipartisan legislation related to forest management reform. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1526 to provide a mechanism for better management of our federal forests; however Beason says most congressional observers believe that legislation will not be considered in the U.S. Senate.
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The letter to The Honorable Ron Wyden, the Chairman of the committee on Energy and Natural Resources says “If the Forest Service is given proper direction from Congress, it could minimize the level of devastation that occurs from wildfires and preserve the forest for endangered species, and provide recreational opportunities for those who visit the forests.. If properly implemented, these reforms could also allow resource-dependent communities to regain their economic vitality.”

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