Natural Resources and the Environment

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 Presses U.S. Army Corps to Keep St. Helen’s Section Chief Position to Service Southwest Washington

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting upon the impending retirement of USACE’s St. Helen’s Section Chief Bob Thomas, who services Southwest Washington, that the position be filled to continue meeting the needs of Southwest Washington residents. In the letter to U.S. Army District Commander Colonel Alexander Bullock, H...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Helps Secure Funding to Complete Ridgefield’s Gee Creek Trail

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that the City of Ridgefield will be receiving a $1.2 million Federal Land Access Program (FLAP) grant to complete the north segment of the Gee Creek Trail, fully establishing and connecting existing segments of the Trail. In December of 2020, Herrera Beutler wrote to the Department of Trans...

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...

Southwest Washington Congressional Delegation Urge Federal Funding of Cowlitz River Sediment Management

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell today urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the United States Department of the Army to include funding in the fiscal year 2022 budget for sediment monitoring activities for the Mount St. Helens Sediment Control account. Yearly sediment monitoring work is necessary to ensure Cowlitz County communiti...

Herrera Beutler, Murray, Cantwell Press to Restore Funds for Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Community Center

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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pressing the agency to include funding in the fiscal year 2022 budget for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Community and Nature Center. The USFWS fiscal year 2020 budget included funding for the Refuge construction project – yet the followi...

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 Secures Federal Funding for Cowlitz River Sediment Management

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced today that she’s secured $870,000 in federal funding for sediment monitoring and predesign work for the sediment retention structure (SRS) on the Lower Cowlitz River. With Herrera Beutler’s steady advocation and support for the sediment management program, federal dollars have now been allocated to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to cond...

NOAA Gives Go-Ahead to Implement Herrera Beutler’s Sea Lion Removal Law

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Jaime Herrera Beutler hailed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today that it had granted final authorization of lethal sea lion removal in the Columbia River, made possible by Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan legislation signed into law in 2018. “Today marks an important milestone in the bipartisan effort I’ve led to protect our endangered salmon and steelhe...