Reforming Federal Forest Policy

Each summer, our forested communities face catastrophic fires that burn through overstocked forests, choke our skies with smoke, destroy watersheds, and threaten property and lives. It is clear the status quo isn’t working for our forests or our communities, and that’s why I continue to support reforms.

I worked hard with my colleagues to pass into law the most significant reforms to forest policy in over 15 years. We provide additional tools to more rapidly thin our forests to reduce the risk of wildfire. Rather than forcing the Forest Service to rob from fire prevention funds for firefighting, we instead pay for wildfires as we do other natural disasters. This will help ensure we get more of the needed thinning and prevention work done.  

These reforms are an important step towards better management of our forests, but much more work remains.

More on Reforming Federal Forest Policy

October 5, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) penned an op-ed in The Washington Examiner in response to the deadly fires in Oregon and the need for modernizing forest management policies.
October 5, 2020 Op-Eds

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How much more has to burn before Congress fixes forest management?​

By: Rep. Greg Walden

There are no words to describe the devastation and loss I saw as I toured the towns of Phoenix and Talent, Oregon. Lives were shattered as deadly fires merged to incinerate thousands of homes and apartments.

September 30, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) recently joined Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on his podcast, “Hold These Truths.” During the podcast, Walden discussed the catastrophic wildfires in Oregon and called for improved federal forest management.
September 17, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast yesterday, where he discussed the catastrophic wildfires in Oregon.
September 15, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement applauding President Trump’s rapid approval of Oregon’s Major Disaster Declaration.
September 14, 2020 Press Release
Oregon’s entire bipartisan Congressional delegation, including Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today requested rapid approval of Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s request for major disaster relief amid unprecedented wildfire damage across the state.
September 11, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today announced that the White House has approved the state of Oregon’s request for an emergency declaration in response to unprecedented and dangerous wildfires that are blanketing the state.
September 9, 2020 Press Release
Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are requesting rapid approval of Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s request for federal disaster relief, as unprecedented wildfires ravage the state.
July 15, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s final rule updating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.
July 10, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden released a statement after the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a new rule to update the agency’s special-use regulations to improve the reliability of the electrical grid and reduce the threat of wildfires.