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house Bill H.R. 2936

Should Federal Forests be Actively Managed to Prevent Wildfires and Disease?

Argument in favor

Wildfires and disease pose a significant threat to national forests, in part because they’re overgrown. Active management using tools already available to the Forest Service and BLM would improve the health resilience of our nation’s forests.

Rachel's Opinion
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09/01/2017
Effective forestry management keeps our communities safer, our economy more robust, and our natural landscapes healthier.
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Eddie's Opinion
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09/02/2017
With unprecedented wildfire after wildfire in recent decades, it has become apparent that human-protected forest, with too-close trees and horrendous undergrowth result in catastrophic fires. Either wise management including brush removal and tree thinning is called for, or the Native American strategy of complete burning every few years. Blindly following a "Protect the Trees" strategy will always result in monumental fires burning millions of acres and destroying old-growth trees that should normally survive a fire.
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09/01/2017
They're not already doing this? Any good land owner takes preventive measures to control the land and improve it. The forests can still be natural but controlled to prevent disease and disaster. Just how hunters help control a deer herd from disease and over population.
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Argument opposed

This bill would expose national forests to reckless logging practices and endanger treasured public lands. It would shortcut environmental reviews and public involvement that let communities weigh in on the process in some cases.

TracyEckels's Opinion
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09/01/2017
This is just ridiculous. Try to see the forest for the trees here and call it what it is. This will open up the great national forests and lands to the logging industry and other companies, so they can reap their profits from our national parks, and ruin them for generations to come! I emphatically Vote No!
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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09/01/2017
While this bill sounds like a way to control forest fires it has lots of problems, mainly due to the fact that It would expose national forests to reckless logging by non- governmental companies which do not care about how destructive they are. It would also endanger our treasured public lands. Environmental reviews and public involvement would be decreased to the extent that would keep communities from weighing in on the process.
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Eric's Opinion
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09/01/2017
Nature has got along just fine without us, I fear the word managing would also include logging. In years past they used to go in and clean up the forest and they found that it did more harm than good because forest are supposed to burn
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    Effective forestry management keeps our communities safer, our economy more robust, and our natural landscapes healthier.
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    This is just ridiculous. Try to see the forest for the trees here and call it what it is. This will open up the great national forests and lands to the logging industry and other companies, so they can reap their profits from our national parks, and ruin them for generations to come! I emphatically Vote No!
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    While this bill sounds like a way to control forest fires it has lots of problems, mainly due to the fact that It would expose national forests to reckless logging by non- governmental companies which do not care about how destructive they are. It would also endanger our treasured public lands. Environmental reviews and public involvement would be decreased to the extent that would keep communities from weighing in on the process.
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    Nature has got along just fine without us, I fear the word managing would also include logging. In years past they used to go in and clean up the forest and they found that it did more harm than good because forest are supposed to burn
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    Naturally occurring events should be addressed differently than arson or neglect. I am not a scientist and feel that issues like this should be answered by experts/scientists who prioritize the health of our planet. This should not be determined by public opinion. A healthy planet is needed for a healthy society.
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    If it were done under the guidance of actual science by those without a financial stake in cutting down as much as they can, sure. However, this is not that legislation.
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    I can't stand this administration 😡😡😡😡
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    This needs to happen -- but not like this. No blank checks for the logging industry without SIGNIFICANT environmental oversiight.
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    No. What part of 'wild' don't you understand? The exposure to over-management and destruction is too great, and to this anti-environmentalist administration too tempting.
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    Stop trying to destroy our lands.
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    We must take responsibility for our own land. We are its stewards, not its absentee landlords-- but not in this bill. It is reckless in writing, and dangerous in how it opens arias to logging.
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    Fire is a vital part of forest health and required for many species of trees to reproduce. We should only take action to reduce the impact of fires on humans. Fire is a natural part of our world and shouldn't be prevented. I also fear that this would open up our national parks to the logging industry "in the name of safety."
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    The real reason behind this is "expediting related environmental reviews." This Administration doesn't care about the environment or anything that gets in the way of campaign contributors making money. I'll bet they'd allow oil fracking on Mt Rushmore if it would give Koch Brothers greater wealth.
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    With unprecedented wildfire after wildfire in recent decades, it has become apparent that human-protected forest, with too-close trees and horrendous undergrowth result in catastrophic fires. Either wise management including brush removal and tree thinning is called for, or the Native American strategy of complete burning every few years. Blindly following a "Protect the Trees" strategy will always result in monumental fires burning millions of acres and destroying old-growth trees that should normally survive a fire.
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    Let Mother Nature do her job, not people who would end up destroying forests for profit.
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    Federal land is already managed by the Forest Service. This bill is a Trojan horse expanding Presidential authority and commercial opportunism.
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    Any legislation that curtails environmental review and potentially opens up natural lands to reckless logging needs to be stopped.
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    Let me quote from the explanation of the reasons to vote nay: "This bill would expose national forests to reckless logging practices and endanger treasured public lands. It would shortcut environmental reviews and public involvement that let communities weigh in on the process in some cases." One more attempt by Republicans to turn public land over to private interests to make a buck. Oppose.
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    They're not already doing this? Any good land owner takes preventive measures to control the land and improve it. The forests can still be natural but controlled to prevent disease and disaster. Just how hunters help control a deer herd from disease and over population.
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    At first glance this appears to come from a desire to protect our natural heritage, but looking closer there are some things that are suspect. Mostly the fact that this bill is limiting environmental review or local opinion input. This feels a lot like private companies trying to make a grab to exploit resources under the guise of "protecting" them.
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