*Congressman Tom McClintock comments on forest health at oversight hearing on federal forest management

Editor’s note:  This comes to us from the SIERRA SUN TIMES, published September 30th. 

September 29, 2015 – Congressman McClintock is the Chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee.  The subcommittee held a hearing on “State, Local, and Tribal Approaches to Forest Management: Lessons for Better Management of our Federal Forests” on September 29th, 2015. Congressman McClintock delivered the following opening statement at the hearing:

Chairman’s Opening Statement
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
House Natural Resources Committee
September 29, 2015

The Subcommittee on Federal Lands meets today to examine state, local, and tribal approaches to forest management and how we can apply these approaches to better federal forestry management.   We will begin with five minute opening statements by the Chairman and Ranking Member.

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6 Responses to *Congressman Tom McClintock comments on forest health at oversight hearing on federal forest management

  1. Woody Woodford says:

    Amen and God Bless Congressman McClintock for his insightful remarks!

  2. The Congressman does not seem to be aware of several key issues. Washington State had its biggest wildfire year ever. But two of the biggest fires started on heavily managed tribal lands and another on private land that was mostly brush. The fires went out shortly after they went onto federal forest lands. The second is funding the Forest Service. Look at the cuts in Forest Service budget and staff over the past two decades and it is easy to see why legitimate restoration projects are not moving forward. Finally, look at drought and temperatures and you can see why we might be having an upswing in wildfires – on any ownership of lands.

  3. Philip L. Watness says:

    M Peterson is completely incorrect about the Washington State fires. He is correct in stating that the Cougar Creek Fire on Mount Adams started Aug. 10 on tribal lands but he is incorrect in stating the fires “went out shortly.” The fire burned 53,000 acres and was not fully contained until Sept. 15. Furthermore, the bug-killed trees on the national forest contributed to the fire behavior.

  4. 2ndLaw says:

    Any methodical review of the scientific evidence comparing public benefits from public lands versus private lands will show that public lands are managed much better. They provide better water quality, better habitat for fish & wildlife, more recreation opportunities, greater carbon storage, better quality of life that supports a diverse economy, etc etc.

    It was once believed that commodity extraction produced community stability, but commodity industries are inherently volatile. More timber harvest is more likely to produce community Instability.

    • macmcconnell says:

      2nd Law. I invite you to come to Bristol, Florida or to Gold Beach or Grants Pass, Oregon and repeat that last sentence to the county commissioners, school superintendents and the wives of unemployed loggers.

  5. Robin Stanley says:

    I must admit for once I tend to agree with 2ndlaw if you agree that having a stable dying or dead community is better than the thriving unstable community. After all would you really want loggers going back to work buying cars and clothes for their children, messing up the unemployment statistics and getting off welfare. Some would truly prefer our local communities to be stable, as we continue to smell the smoke from the wildfire and watch our communities slowly die. It is hard to argue with 2ndLaw if you look what happened to our rural communities between 1910 and 1980. Many rural areas did not have a stable growth but rather a booming growth and economy while saw mills were built and logging trucks were busy. Businesses were flourishing and building permits were being issued. Schools were growing and had money for text books and programs. That’s not a “stable” community, that’s a growing vibrant community. So 2ndLaw would prefer we remained stable and just slowly died. Some would we continue to smell the wild fire smoke and walk around the dead animals burned in our forests. Some would prefer the forests burn rather than being managed. God forbid we should to back to the unstable way of life we had in 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when our forests were managed and not burning up and our communities were once again dealing with the instability of growth.

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