Walden Helps Celebrate Forest Service's 100th Anniversary; Speaks About Forest Health and Stewardship
Friday, June 24, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today participated in a celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Forest Service, established in 1905 by President Teddy Roosevelt. Walden, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, was invited to speak to attendees about forestland stewardship and the work being done in the Congress to help provide land managers with the tools they need to effectively and responsibly manage our nation's forests.
"When Teddy Roosevelt established the Forest Service a century ago, he laid out a pioneering vision of stewardship for public forestlands, one that focused on balance and multiple uses, and of providing for the needs of today and for the needs of the future," said Walden, whose district contains 11 national forests, after the event. "We have many talented local land mangers in our nation's forests, but in order to be the best possible stewards of public land, we as lawmakers must give them the necessary tools and resources."
He continued, "As chairman of the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, I will continue to pursue an aggressive agenda of problem-solving and action. I want to know how the Healthy Forests Restoration Act is working, and if there are problems, I want to fix them. I intend to hold the Forest Service accountable to bring about healthier forests, watershed and habitat while also making our communities safer. We need to move forward on eliminating the backlog of reforestation, provide incentives for the development of biomass utilization, improve the state of our national trails system, and untie the knots of post-catastrophic restoration."