The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands is having a hearing Friday on 3 bills responding to the growing crisis of bark beetles, drought, and wildfires.
I will live tweet the first panel (the Member panel) here.
Supposedly everyone else will be on one big panel. I have no idea how long the Member panel will run. I’d guess I’ll be speaking by 10:30, but that can easily be off by 30 minutes or more.
In case anyone doesn’t know what I think about these subjects, you can read:
- My Nature Piece On Dust-Bowlification And the Grave Threat It Poses to Food Security
- Western Wildfires Getting Worse In A Warming World
- We’re Already Topping Dust Bowl Temperatures — Imagine What’ll Happen If We Fail To Stop 10°F Warming
SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS
1334 Longworth House Office Building 9:00 a.m
Legislative hearing on:
- HR 5744 (Gosar), To address the forest health, public safety, and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System lands and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to expedite forest management projects relating to hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, and economic development, and for other purposes. “Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2012”
- HR 5960 (Markey), To amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to improve the response to insect infestations and related diseases and to change the funding source for the Healthy Forests Reserve Program, to codify the stewardship end result contracting and good neighbor authorities, and to amend the emergency watershed protection program to improve post fire rehabilitation, and for other purposes. “Depleting Risk from Insect Infestation, Soil Erosion, and Catastrophic Fire Act of 2012”
- HR 6089 (Tipton), To address the bark beetle epidemic, drought, deteriorating forest health conditions, and high risk of wildfires on National Forest System land and land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management in the United States by expanding authorities established in the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003 to provide emergency measures for high-risk areas identified by such States, to make permanent Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management authority to conduct good-neighbor cooperation with States to reduce wildfire risks, and for other purposes. “Healthy Forest Management Act of 2012”
- Rep. Paul Gosar, AZ (HR 5744) Member of Congress
- Rep. Ed Markey, MA (HR 5960) Member of Congress
- Rep. Scott Tipton, CO (HR 6089) Member of Congress
- Mary Wagner, Associate Chief U.S. Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture
- Ed Roberson. Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning Bureau of Land Management Department of the Interior
- David Cook, Arizona Cattlemen’s Association Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Testifying on HR 5744)
- Doyel Shamley, Natural Resource Coordinator Apache County, AZ (Testifying on HR 5744)
- Hank Kashdan, National Association of Forest Service Retirees (Testifying on HR 6089)
- Tom Jankovsky, Commissioner Garfield County, CO (Testifying on HR 6089)
- Dan Gibbs, Commissioner Summit County, CO (Testifying on HR 5744, HR 5960 and HR 6089)
- Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress (Testifying on HR 5744, HR 5960 and HR 6089)