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Big Timber bill passes House  Sprawling 'wish list' for loggers now in Senate

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A bill that would destroy forest and wildlife protections has now moved to the U.S. Senate.

H.R. 2936, the deceptively named "Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017," on Nov. 1 passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 232-188.

The measure would expose millions of acres of protected roadless areas to destructive logging and road building, at the same time reallocate federal funding from environmental restoration to timber extraction.

Take action today to stop what may be the worst forest-destruction bill in generations!

Authored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), H.R. 2936 also would:

  • Take aim at the heart of the Endangered Species Act by doing away with checks and balances that serve to bolster protection for listed species and check the destruction of their habitat.
  • Sideswipe public involvement and oversight under the National Environmental Policy Act by creating an array of waivers of environmental review.
  • Eliminate the opportunity for citizens to hold the government accountable in the courts.
  • Place our national monuments in the crosshairs by overriding the designation of California and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

These forests and waters belong to all Americans, not just Big Timber! Help stop H.R. 2936 and save our natural heritage!

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Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

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  • Learn about H.R. 2936's language, co-sponsors and actions click here.
  • Click here to read about the critical "Survey and Manage" standard of the Northwest Forest Plan. H.R. 2936 would eliminate this key protection for old-growth forests.
  • Read up on the U.S.' network of inventoried roadless areas, lands potentially suitable for designation as Wilderness. These areas would be exposed to logging and other destructive uses in the event of H.R. 2936's passage.
  • The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has been one of America's most effective and popular laws. It would be gutted by the Westerman bill.
  • The new Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which H.R. 2936 could invalidate, was set aside primarily for protection of biodiversity.
 

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