Herrera Beutler Introduces Bill to Complete Wind River Nursery Transfer to Skamania County

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) has introduced legislation to transfer ownership of approximately 23 acres of the former Wind River Nursery from the U.S. Forest Service to Skamania County. Budget crises constantly plague the distressed communities within Skamania County, since more than 97% of Skamania County is restricted from any type of commercial use that generates local revenue to...

Herrera Beutler Secures Funds to Establish Bear Ridge Community Forest in Pacific County

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today announced that she secured $1.616 million in federal funding for the City of Ilwaco’s Bear Ridge Community Forest project which would acquire 388 acres of forest within the Indian Creek watershed to establish a community forest surrounding the city’s water supply. The FY22 Energy and Water Subcommittee Appropriations bill included funding for this ...

Herrera Beutler Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Forest Health, Mitigate Wildfires

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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) helped introduce the Resilient Federal Forests Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the threat of wildfires. Through speeding up essential forest management projects by ending frivolous litigation, accelerating reviews for removing dangerous hazard trees, and giving the U.S. Forest Service the tools to restore watersheds and improve wildli...

Herrera Beutler Calls on Biden Administration to Protect Rural Communities and Northern Spotted Owl from Wildfire

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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), along with 8 U.S. House colleagues, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior urging immediate implementation of a federal rule previously published on January 15, 2021, revising the designation of the critical habitat of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO). The rule was delayed by the Biden Administration on March 1, preventing it from going i...

The Daily News: Opinion Editorial: Forest Management

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Tags: Forestry

Over the past few weeks, we didn’t have to turn on the TV or see photos online to understand the severity of the wildfires burning up and down the West Coast. Unbreathable air shut us into our homes. The dark skies gave us a gut-wrenching, hopeless feeling. Many Washington, Oregon, and California residents lost homes and businesses. Hundreds of thousands of acres of vital wildlife habitat were des...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Named “Friend of Farm Bureau”

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today announced she has earned the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for her steadfast support of Southwest Washington’s farmers and ranchers in Congress. Herrera Beutler received an official notice from the American Farm Bureau that she received this distinction. The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given to members of Congress who have supported farm-friendl...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Urges Quick Reopening of Forest Service Recreation Access Points in Gorge, Gifford Pinchot

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler yesterday formally urged the U.S. Forest Service to quickly restore public access to its sites within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest recreation areas. In her letter, she emphasized the need to both rely on proper social distancing guidelines but to avoid weeks of delay in reopening. The full text of the letter f...

Reps. Herrera Beutler, Schrader Introduce Legislation to Extend Harvesting of Special Forest Products

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U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced a bill today to permanently reauthorize the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Special Forest Products pilot program that allows the sustainable harvest of special forest products on lands in the National Forest System. The program allows the public to harvest natural forest resources for personal or commercial use; these special products include mushrooms, roots, seeds, Christmas trees and firewood, among others.