H.R. 2075 (Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act.) I’m in support of the bill H.R. 2075 - the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act — which would require the Dept. of the Interior to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in Oregon to exclude 832 acres specified on an April 2017 map to facilitate fire prevention on those lands. Those activities would aim to protect the adjacent 5,500 resident community of Crooked River Ranch. These lands are classified in the highest risk category for wildfire due to overstocked juniper, but mechanical thinning (ie logging) of the juniper stands is currently prohibited because of its designation as a wilderness study area.
This is a commonsense bill that’d allow crews to thin overstocked juniper that poses an extreme wildfire risk to the 5,500 resident community of Crooked River Ranch, Oregon by removing 832 acres from a wilderness area.