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

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for bipartisan work on climate change solutions

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Walden: Republicans Have Better Solutions to Climate Change

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for better forest management to address climate change

Says climate change solutions should prioritize innovation, adaptation, and conservation

January 11, 2019 Press Release

Greg Walden releases statement after Democrats cut hazardous fuels reduction funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- “After one of the most deadly fire seasons in American history, Democrats in the U.S. House cut funding for hazardous fuels reduction efforts and then blocked a plan by Republicans to restore it to previously agreed upon levels,”  said Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River). “What were they thinking? The $21 million cut means less thinning and fuel removal and more fires and smoke,” said Oregon’s 2nd District Representative.  

December 12, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden applauds 2018 Farm Bill, calls for greater action on forest management reform

October 2, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden bill to protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire clears key Senate committee

Walden’s Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act unanimously passes Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 

September 17, 2018 In The News

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden used some interesting props to showcase the severity of smoke from wildfires in Southern Oregon during a hearing by his House committee on Thursday.

He held up an air filter from a C-PAP machine, which he said was dropped off by an Eagle Point resident, that had been fouled in two days by smoke. The machines help sufferers of sleep apnea breathe at night.

"He had to replace it after two days — it is supposed to last two weeks," Walden said.

September 13, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden calls for active forest management to reduce catastrophic wildfires

Holds hearing to examine health impacts of wildfire smoke and discuss needed changes to federal forest policy

September 11, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden to examine air quality, health impacts of wildfire smoke

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced a hearing for this Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00am PT. The hearing will be held before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment, and is entitled, “Air Quality Impacts of Wildfires: Mitigation and Management Strategies.”

September 6, 2018 Press Release

Greg Walden secures relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has secured relief for Oregon farmers and ranchers who suffered severe losses after wildfires in Wasco and Sherman counties. In a letter to Representative Walden today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the agency was authorizing Walden’s request to grant emergency grazing to local ranchers and flexibility for wheat producers whose crop was impacted by the wildfires.