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Resilient Federal Forests Act
will slow Forest Service
Road Decomissioning

On June 25th the House Agriculture Committee reported H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests. The bill previously passed the House Natural Resources Committee on June 11th and is reported to the House Calendar by both committees. House passage could happen before the August summer break. No details on a Senate companion measure.

The bill builds upon the work of previous Congresses to address disastrous consequences of catastrophic wildfire, insect and disease infestations, and other threats to our nation’s forests. It also seeks to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands.

“The Resilient Federal Forests Act will give the Forest Service more authority and much needed flexibility to deal with the challenges of process, funding, litigation, necessary timber harvesting and much needed management,” Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Chairman “GT” Thompson (R-PA) said. “This legislation incentivizes rewards and collaboration with the private sector for management activities, while allowing for state and third party funding of projects. Furthermore, in order to reduce unnecessary process and improve agency efficiency, this act will provide the Forest Service new categorical exclusion authorities for commonsense projects."

“I appreciate Rep. Glenn Thompson for his oversight and work on this issue as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry and as a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The health of our national forests is declining, and by passing this legislation, we are taking an important step to change that,” Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) said. “This bill will expedite forest management activities in the National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management to promote healthy, resilient forests and prevent wildfires. With one-quarter of the 193 million acre National Forest System considered at risk for wildfires, we have to ensure that the necessary tools are available to keep our national forests healthy and thriving.”

“For some time now I’ve been concerned with the regulations stemming from lawsuits. Environmental groups have used the court system to twist laws against agriculture which often then leads to policy changes decided by activists and bureaucrats. This “sue and settle” strategy means a less transparent, less accountable process,” Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) said. “This bill would simplify forest management activities as a means to reduce some of this behavior.”

Recently I spoke with subcommittee Chairman Thompson who advised this legislation will require local dialogue before the Forest Service can decommission additional roads. Specific language to that effect is found section 802 which follows.

For more information on H.R. 2647, click here.


(a) Consultation With Affected County.--Whenever any Forest Service

defined maintenance level one or two system road within a designated

high fire prone area of a unit of the National Forest System is

considered for decommissioning, the Forest Supervisor of that unit of

the National Forest System shall--

(1) consult with the government of the county containing the

road regarding the merits and possible consequences of

decommissioning the road; and

(2) solicit possible alternatives to decommissioning the


(b) Regional Forester Approval.--A Forest Service road described in

subsection (a) may not be decommissioned without the advance approval

of the Regional Forester.

Submitted by:

Nicholas Pyle, President

Pyle & Associates Government Relations Ih8Mud = Nikdanger

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