September 20, 2013
Susan Davis Opposes Increase in Logging on Federal Land
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted against legislation to increase logging on federal lands and threaten environmentally sensitive areas. The bill passed on a vote of 244 to 173.
“This bill would essentially sell off more of our pristine land,” said Davis. “There is no doubt that we need to find bipartisan solutions to the serious challenges facing rural, economically depressed communities that depend on federal forests. Unfortunately, this is not the balanced approach needed.”
There are highly controversial provisions in the bill that go beyond what is necessary to achieve the legislation’s stated goals. It would drastically alter the management of our national forests and undermine the multi-use mission of our public lands.
One of the more controversial provisions would require annual timber volume targets set at half of what the forest grows each year. Meeting these targets would require logging and related road building in currently protected roadless areas. The bill also limits public input and judicial review.
The Administration has issued a veto threat on the bill, stating that the bill “includes numerous harmful provisions that impair federal management of federally-owned lands and undermine many important existing public land and environmental laws, rules, and processes.”