Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Healthy Forests Bill Raise Concern Over Wildlife

It might save the government some money – but it will not do anything to quell the controversy over logging in the national forests. That is what the Congressional Budget Office says about a plan to more than double timber harvest on public lands. Arizona co-sponsor Paul Gosar has said the bill, H-R 1526, is a way to get badly needed income to the rural timber counties. But the CBO report says the counties would actually receive less government money than they do now. And Noah Matson with the group Defenders of Wildlife says it would come at the expense of water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation.
 
The CBO report estimates that the bill would mean $2 billion dollars in additional timber sales over the next ten years. Supporters say it will create timber jobs and help reduce wildfire risks. H-R 1526 has been in the House Rules Committee this week, the final stop before heading to the floor for a vote.

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