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  • FOREST MANAGEMENT
  • WILDFIRES
Winning Issue » WILDFIRES


America’s 154 National Forests are managed by our Forest Service. These forests contain about 190 million acres, or about 9% of our total land area. Nearly 90% of these forests are located west of the Mississippi River, with 12% situated in Alaska alone. The U.S. Forest Service manages timber harvesting, livestock grazing, water, wildlife and recreation on these lands. However, unlike our national parks which protect resources, national forests were created to balance resource protection with resource use. This conflicting mission has been the source of endless disputes between parties competing for opposite goals. Environmentalists and naturalists consider logging, grazing and off-road vehicle use as threats to forest ecosystems. However, scientists are now saying climate change is the biggest threat to our national forests. Recent studies have found that longer droughts and higher temperatures are affecting a large majority of tree species worldwide. Experts say that many trees in our forests are now suffering from drought, disease and pests. Our forests are also overcrowded with dead or dying trees and thick underbrush which in some cases is 20 times more dense than normal.

Pending Legislation: H.R.3442 - National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Kim Schrier (WA)
Status: House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry (Agriculture)
Chair: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current wildfire policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support creating a technically skilled preseason controlled burn workforce, and streamline smoke regulations in winter months to reduce catastrophic fires and smoke in the summer by:

    1.) Providing $300 million to plan, prepare and conduct controlled burns on federal, state and private lands.

    2.) Requiring the Forest Service to increase the number of acres treated with controlled burns.

    3.) Requiring state air quality agencies to use current laws and regulations to allow larger controlled burns, and give states more flexibility in winter months to conduct controlled burns that reduce catastrophic smoke events in the summer.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support creating a technically skilled preseason controlled burn workforce, and streamline smoke regulations in winter months to reduce catastrophic fires and smoke in the summer by:

    1.) Providing $300 million to plan, prepare and conduct controlled burns on federal, state and private lands.

    2.) Requiring the Forest Service to increase the number of acres treated with controlled burns.

    3.) Requiring state air quality agencies to use current laws and regulations to allow larger controlled burns, and give states more flexibility in winter months to conduct controlled burns that reduce catastrophic smoke events in the summer.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing H.R.3442 - National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, Greenpeace USA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for protecting people, structures and forests from wildfires.

Our mission: Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. Today, we have grown from a small group of dedicated activists to an international organization with offices in more than 50 countries. But our spirit and our mission remain the same. Our fight to save the planet has grown more serious—the climate change impacts, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster loom large.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
September 19, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
September 26, 2022