A new version of a bad old idea – salvage logging– is set to emerge as the House of Representatives gets under way at the end of the month.

The deceptively titled "Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act" (H.R. 4200) was introduced last November by Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Brian Baird (D-WA). The bill would make it easier for the U.S. Forest Service to mount logging and roadbuilding projects after natural events such as forest fires in national forests, ignoring ecosystem, watershed, and wildlife protections.

The "natural events" defined in the bill include not only wildfires but also insect outbreaks, droughts and windstorms. The bill specifically waives National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review for logging and other potentially damaging actions, shortcuts the Endangered Species Act and denies citizens input on projects that would impact publicly owned forests.

The bill is expected to be heard as soon as the House reconvenes in late January.


The House is in recess until the end of the month, but forest issues never sleep!

Please let your member of Congress know about the overwhelming opposition to the Walden bill's attack on the national forests.

If you can, attend a town hall meeting for your representative and raise this issue in person.
Or write to your representative at his or her home office and let them know that you want them to oppose the Walden Salvage Logging bill.

To find out how to contact your representative and to find out town hall meeting schedules, please go to the representatives’ websites listed at:



Dear Rep. ______________,

Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-OR) "Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act," introduced last November, would throw out protections for forests, fish and wildlife in order to rush through logging on national forests after natural events such as rainstorms, fires, and droughts. The bill would exempt damaging logging projects from the environmental review and oversight requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and cut the public out of decisions that would harm America’s public forests.

The Walden logging bill claims that logging, roadbuilding and artificial replanting are necessary after natural disturbances in forests. However, according to the best available science, there is no ecologically valid need to log forests after these disturbances.

Congress does not need to grant new authority to the Forest Service. The agency has plenty of existing authority to respond quickly to natural disturbances on national forests.

This unnecessary, destructive, and costly piece of legislation should never become law. Please vote no on H.R. 4200, the Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act.


Your Name
Your Address

The American Lands Alliance website has more info on the Walden bill. Visit them at:



Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
John J. Berger

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places