Bill Could Force Logging On Public Forestland
A bill that makes logging a requirement on some public
forestland, speeding up the timber sales process and making it more difficult
to challenge them is nearing a vote on the House floor. Co-sponsor Paul Gosar of
“They’re viewing our natural forest as the ATM machines, that they can just level out to fill county coffers,” Matson said. “It’s not a sustainable long-term solution. It will probably create a lot more problems.”
The budget office estimates the bill would mean $2 billion in additional timber sales over the next ten years. Supporters say it’ll create jobs and help reduce the risk of wildfire. The bill is in the House Rules Committee, its final stop before the House floor.