House passes wildfire management bill

(Worthy News) – The House approved legislation on Wednesday intended to reduce the risk of wildfires, as the government struggles to respond to the most expensive year ever for this type of natural disaster.

“This is a bill based on a simple idea — that we must do more to expand active management in federal forests,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “With this bill, we tackle not only the symptoms of the crisis but also its root causes. We provide the resources for our fire-fighters, but also tools for our land managers to improve conditions on the ground and proactively mitigate the threat of wildfire.”

The Resilient Federal Forests Act, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark. — a licensed forester — passed by a vote of 232 to 188. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]