The so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936) claims to help solve the problem of wildfires in National Forests, but really it’s a move to shift federal funding away from environmental protections on federal lands and allow the logging industry in. The bill would also preempt citizens from speaking out against deforestation by waiving public comment requirements and makes it harder to hold the government accountable in the court of law.
“The bill has nothing to do with making forests healthier or resilient,” writes Joseph Vaile, the executive director of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Oregon. “Quite the opposite, it is designed to boost extraction on public lands to levels the rest of us could never imagine.”
The bill has already passed the House Natural Resources committee. This week, take action by contacting your House Representative and tell him or her to vote no on H.R. 2936. Call the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to connect to your elected official, or look them up here.
You can also sign the Earthjustice petition below.