Thompson Votes to Improve Forest Management, Increase Wildfire Prevention

Nov 1, 2017

House approves measure to cut red-tape, help prevent forest fires

WASHINGTON –  Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson voted in favor of a bipartisan bill to expedite and improve management activities in federal forests by reducing the regulatory burdens for federal and state agencies associated with maintaining the health of our national forests.

The House of Representatives approved H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 by a vote of 232-188. Rep. Thompson, who serves on the Natural Resources Committee and is Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, managed debate and the floor proceedings.

Upon passage of H.R. 2936, Rep. Thompson released the following statement:

“Our national forests are becoming increasingly overgrown with hazardous fuel, due to lack of active management. The Resilient Federal Forests Act is a vital piece of legislation for the Forest Service, allowing for more authority and flexibility for improved forest management. As a member of both the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees, it is imperative federal and state agencies are equipped with the tools necessary to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires, insect and disease infestation, and damage to municipal watersheds. I applaud my colleagues for their support of this common-sense legislation to prevent and address future forest fires.”