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#1248 - 06/22/17 04:50 PM H.R. 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017  
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Introduced:
Jun 20, 2017
Status:
Introduced on Jun 20, 2017
This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 20, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.
This bill is scheduled for the following committee meetings:
Jun 22, 2017 4 p.m. — House Committee on Natural Resources

To expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes.

Text is available at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2936/text


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#1471 - 10/26/17 08:06 PM Re: H.R. 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 [Re: outdoorwire]  
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H.R. 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

Status:
Ordered Reported on Jun 27, 2017
The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on June 27, 2017.
The House Majority Leader indicated on Oct 25, 2017 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.

Updated text as of Oct 25, 2017 is available at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2936/text


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#1474 - 10/28/17 07:45 PM Re: H.R. 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 [Re: outdoorwire]  
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Update:

Ordered Reported on Jun 27, 2017
The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on June 27, 2017.
The House Majority Leader indicated on Oct 25, 2017 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.
This bill is scheduled for the following committee meetings:
Oct 31, 2017 5 p.m. — House Committee on Rules


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To expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes.

Introduced:
Jun 20, 2017
Status:
Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 1, 2017
This bill passed in the House on November 1, 2017 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.
Prognosis:
59% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs

Bill text is available at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2936/text


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Republican Policy Committee's Summary

H.R. 2936 expedites forest health projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and improves forest management activities on public lands and and Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands. The bill simplifies environmental process requirements, reduces project planning times, and lowers the cost of implementing forest management projects while still ensuring robust protection of the environment through environmental review. In addition, the legislation rewards collaboration, provides for an alternative process to resolve litigation against forest projects, and streamlines bureaucratic processes, while modernizing the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and empowering Resource Advisory Committees to bring diverse viewpoints together to solve national forest management problems.

The bill's proponents contend that the most significant result of diminished forest health is the significant increase in catastrophic wildfires in the past 15 years. These catastrophic wildfires have a significant negative impact on watershed health, wildlife habitat, property, and human life. In 2016 alone, a total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires, including 3,192 residences, 1,025 minor structures and 78 commercial structures. Most disturbing, agency data indicates that 349 lives have been lost to catastrophic wildfire in the last twenty years.

The bill's proponents attribute the steep decline in timber harvests from federal forests to the alarming increase in the size and intensity of catastrophic wildfires. From the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s, USFS typically harvested between 10 and 12 billion board feet of timber annually. Beginning in 1996, the average amount of timber harvested from federal forests fell to between 1.5 and 3.3 billion board feet. However, since 1996, the average annual number of acres burned due to catastrophic wildfire total over 6.2 million acres per year.

Over 58 million acres of national forest are at high or very high risk of severe wildfire. According to the bill's proponents, the reason for the declining health and productivity of federal forests is twofold: longer planning and bureaucratic review periods that result in increased time and cost for planning and executing forest management activities, and litigation on forest planning decisions.


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