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  • WILDFIRES
  • FOREST MANAGEMENT
  • FOREST INFESTATION
Winning Issue » FOREST INFESTATION


For the past 15 years, our great western Conifer forests have been under siege by the mountain pine beetle. This insect is responsible for killing nearly 42 million acres, or 75,000 square miles, of our forest pine trees. In the East, the emerald ash borer and the gypsy moth are also causing much forest damage. Scientists claim climate change is much to blame for our beetle problem. They say warmer weather and severe drought has caused bark beetle populations to explode while enabling them to move to higher altitudes where they encounter trees that have not developed defenses against them. Pine beetles normally attack weakened trees. However, with record-breaking beetle populations and more drought-stressed trees, even relatively healthy trees are being infected. Longer summers and warmer winters also assist beetle populations by enabling more beetle larva to survive a moderate cold season, and allowing these voracious pests to spread farther than they once could. With scientists predicting future droughts to be more intense, occur more often and last longer, the fate of our forests is not promising. In an attempt to discover its weakness and stem its devastation, scientists have sequenced the genome of the mountain pine beetle.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.691 - Proven Wildfire Reduction Techniques Act of 2019
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. John Curtis (UT)



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current forest infestation policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support authorizing the Dept. of Agriculture - for National Forest System lands, and the Dept. of the Interior - for public lands, to carry out insect and disease treatment programs in qualified forests (i.e., forests located in National Forest System lands or public lands) that meet the criteria specified under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. John Curtis (UT) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support authorizing the Dept. of Agriculture - for National Forest System lands, and the Dept. of the Interior - for public lands, to carry out insect and disease treatment programs in qualified forests (i.e., forests located in National Forest System lands or public lands) that meet the criteria specified under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. John Curtis (UT) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
January 17, 2022
Pledge Period - Closing Date
January 23, 2022
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January 24, 2022


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