Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

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

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

February 20, 2019 Op-Eds

A path forward on climate change

By Greg Walden


In the coming months, Congress will take up the issue of climate change and how best to adapt America’s policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Let me be clear: climate change is real.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for swift passage of bill to protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today sent a letter to leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee calling for the swift passage of the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act, the bipartisan plan Walden introduced to protect a central Oregon community from wildfire. Walden's letter reads as follows:

"Chairman Grijalva and Ranking Member Bishop,

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for bipartisan work on climate change solutions