Tipton forest management bill on hold

A bill that would give governors and local authorities greater control over dangerously dry conditions in national forests is awaiting action by the House Natural Resources Committee.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is optimistic he’ll soon get a vote from the full committee after the measure passed a subcommittee last week, Tipton’s spokesman said.

Tipton, however, has yet to find a Senate sponsor for the measure, HR818, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act.

The measure would offer states increased control over high-risk areas on national forests and lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management by allowing governors to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects.


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