House Farm Bill poses threat to public forests

House Farm Bill poses threat to public forests

ConservationNWAdmin / Jun 27, 2018 / Legislation, National Forests, Protecting Wildlands

Late last week, by a razor thin margin the U.S. House of Representatives passed a terrible 2018 Farm Bill that poses a significant threat to our nation’s public forests. The House bill eliminates public and environmental review for massive logging projects, removes wildlife protections, meddles with the courts, and opens pristine roadless areas in Alaska and across the West to road-building and clearcuts.

Forest collaboration is improving forest health and habitat around the West. But provisions in the House’s 2018 Farm Bill put this cooperative work in jeopardy. Photo: USFS

“In its effort to prioritize logging over other values, this bill threatens the trust and functionality of collaborative efforts that have fostered careful ecological restoration, including thinning and prescribed burning, to improve forest and watershed resilience across Washington,” said Dave Werntz, Conservation Northwest Science and Conservation Director .

“The damage is not limited to forests, as the House bill also cuts the popular and effective Conservation Reserve Program which helps farmers to protect environmentally sensitive habitat.”

Find your senators here and urge them to oppose extreme anti-environmental provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill!

The Senate will consider its version of the 2018 Farm Bill this week, and senators will need to oppose the radical forestry provisions in the House bill and focus on conservation, collaboration, and other bipartisan policies says Werntz.

In response to this concerning legislation, Conservation Northwest has joined letters to Congress from more than 120 conservation, recreation and wildlife groups calling on elected representatives to “oppose the extreme and divisively partisan federal forest provisions in the Forestry Title of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as “the House Farm Bill.”