Today, the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, held a hearing examining important legislation sponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ). The bill, the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 (H.R. 1345), is a forest health bill that seeks to reduce government bureaucracy so that wildfire prevention projects can move forward quickly when the public is at risk.
Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) issued the following statement: "We know wildfire season is coming, so why not prepare for it? Every summer tens of thousands of acres of federal forest land needlessly burn. We lose timber, habitat and animals. Current federal policies do nothing to stop this problem. My bill will change that. Let's address our forest mismanagement now and pass my wildfire bill so we can mitigate the tragic consequences of catastrophic wildfires."