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

April 2, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the decision to reduce wildfire risks around roads and utility lines in eastern Oregon.
March 10, 2020 Press Release
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) joined GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), and other Members of Congress at a press conference on The Trillion Trees Act.
January 28, 2020 Press Release
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke at a House Energy and Commerce joint subcommittee hearing entitled “Out of Control: The Impact of Wildfires on Our Power Sector and Environment.”
September 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today pressed the Forest Service to explain why it has failed to award any ”call when needed” (CWN) contracts to providers of wildfire-fighting large air tankers (LAT).
August 12, 2019 Press Release

Walden discusses the impact of smoke with EPA Region 10 administrator, local leaders, and concerned citizens at a roundtable in Medford last year. 


May 8, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden introduces bill to improve forest management, reduce wildfire risk in Oregon

Resilient Federal Forests Act makes significant reforms to forest management policy across Oregon’s forests

April 17, 2019 Press Release

In Case You Missed It: Greg Walden Calls for Active Forest Management in Southern Oregon Speech

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden: Americans deserve answers on Green New Deal

Calls for hearings on Democrat proposal to address climate change through taxation and regulation

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden legislation to protect Crooked River Ranch signed into law

Representative Walden (center right) attends a signing ceremony today at the White House. President Trump today signed into law Walden's legislation to protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden bill to protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire passes House, now awaits President Trump’s signature