Greg Walden makes opening remarks on historic forestry bill
September 19, 2013
U.S. Rep Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today addressed in the U.S. House during opening debate on a landmark forestry bill, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Health Communities Act (H.R. 1526).
The bill renews the federal government's commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural communities, improves forest health, and helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The bill also contains the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs plan offered by Walden and two of his colleagues from Oregon, Reps. Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader. Their proposal would create or save thousands of jobs, provide revenues to failing Oregon counties, help sustain the local manufacturing base, and save the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars, and end the status quo of endless litigation.