A bill that would destroy forest and wildlife protections has now moved to the U.S. Senate.
H.R. 2936, the deceptively named “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017,” on Nov. 1 passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 232-188.
The measure would expose millions of acres of protected roadless areas to destructive logging and road building, at the same time reallocate federal funding from environmental restoration to timber extraction.
Co-Sponsored by Greg Walden (opposed by Peter DeFazio), H.R. 2936 also would:
- Take aim at the heart of the Endangered Species Act by doing away with checks and balances that serve to bolster protection for listed species and check the destruction of their habitat.
- Sideswipe public involvement and oversight under the National Environmental Policy Act by creating an array of waivers of environmental review.
- Eliminate the opportunity for citizens to hold the government accountable in the courts.
- Place our national monuments in the crosshairs by overriding the designation of California and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
These forests and waters belong to all Americans, not just Big Timber! Help stop H.R. 2936 and save our natural heritage!