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Gianforte to Senate: “End the Obstruction and Pass Forest Management Reforms”

June 7, 2018
Press Release

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte today urged the U.S. Senate to act on measures to improve forest management and help prevent catastrophic wildfires. 

“I rise today urging the Senate to take up the forest management reforms this chamber passed more than seven months ago,” Gianforte said, referring to parts of the Resilient Federal Forests Act, legislation he cosponsored and helped pass through the U.S. House of Representatives on November 1, 2017.

“While there has been some progress, more work remains to improve the health of our forests and reduce the severity of our wildfires. I call on the Senate to end the obstruction and pass forest management reforms. Montanans need them to act,” Gianforte said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learn more about the Resilient Federal Forests Act HERE.

Gianforte’s remarks as prepared:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today urging the Senate to take up the forest management reforms this chamber passed more than seven months ago.

Last year, wildfires burned more than 1.2 million acres in Montana – an area the size of the state of Delaware. I met with firefighters on the ground and saw the devastation. I heard from families anxious about how dangerous air quality impacted their kids. I listened to hardworking Montanans worried their livelihoods would go up in flames.

Montana survived last year’s devastating fire season. Our communities pulled together with neighbor helping neighbor, as Montanans do.

The bad news is forecasters project another severe fire season this year.

We need to start managing our forests again. While there has been some progress, more work remains to improve the health of our forests and reduce the severity of our wildfires.

I call on the Senate to end the obstruction and pass forest management reforms. Montanans need them to act.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.

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