On July 11, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing in Washington, D.C. on “Wildfire and Forest Management.” Conservationists, a lumber industry spokesperson and officials from the U.S. Forest Service and other state and federal agencies were in attendance. The hearing focused on what members believe is a need for increased forest management as an important way to reduce hazardous fuels and the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
According to a press release from the Committee on Natural Resources, all of the witnesses were in agreement about this need. In light of the recent tragedy in Arizona where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters lost their lives on Yarnell Hill, witnesses made a plea that the House Natural Resources subcommittee moves forward with their efforts “with urgency.” During the hearing, the Subcommittee also heard remarks from the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Interior about their plans for preparedness for this and for future fire seasons, and discussed current suppression efforts.
Read the press release to learn more about the conversation and what committee members had to say. Additional resources, information and member statements are also available on the Committee on Natural Resources' website.