The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources posted a notice about a hearing on Thursday August 27th at 11:30 am Pacific Daylight time. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing in Seattle to receive testimony on opportunities to improve the organizational response of federal agencies in the management of wildland fires. It will be held at Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium, Su Campus Walk, Seattle, Washington 98122.
According to the website, “The roots of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources go back to one of the first standing committees appointed by the Senate -- the Committee on Public Lands. Although the chronology reflects a succession of name changes, the jurisdiction of the original Committee on Public Lands has been in continuous existence for over 170 years." One of the first efforts of this committee was the Louisiana Purchase.
Opening remarks will be made by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), ranking member of the Committee. Members of the witness panel include Tom Zimmerman, president of the board of directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire; Dr. Michael Medler, spokesman for Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology; Dr. Peter Goldmark, Commissioner, Washington State Department of Public Lands; Nick Goulette, Executive Director of the Fire Adapted Learning Network; and Gary Berndt, Kittitas County (WA) Commissioner. For more information about the hearing and this committee, visit their website