Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden: “It’s important we work together to protect our public lands”

December 14, 2017
Press Release

Greg Walden: “It’s important we work together to protect our public lands”

Walden stressed that he will not support action to remove millions of acres of America’s public lands

Click here or on the image above to view Walden’s statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing his support for protecting public lands in Oregon and across the country, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released a video message on the importance of working together to steward these lands, protect private property rights, and improve federal land management to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Walden also stressed that he will not support action to remove millions of acres of America’s public lands. A full transcript of Walden’s remarks is included below: 

“I am a strong supporter of America’s public lands, and will not support any effort that wipes 2 million acres off the map in any case,” said Walden. “I want the Trump administration to follow the law when it comes to management of our public lands, especially in southern Oregon. I am a strong supporter of private property rights, and for multiple use on our public lands. 

"These are the lands we enjoy to go hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping, and I want to make sure that they are available to the public. I’ve also supported legislation like the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act that President Clinton signed into law. I’ve supported management changes on Mount Hood and Soda Mountain as well.

“It is important that we work together to protect our public lands, to better manage our public lands, reduce fire on our public lands, and to replant them and restore them when they are damaged.”

This comes as the House recently passed legislation Walden helped craft -- the Resilient Federal Forests Act -- which would improve federal land management and forest health. Walden has led the call to action on forest management reform following a historic wildfire season in Oregon and across much of the West. The Resilient Federal Forests Act will bring better management to federal lands in Oregon by reducing unnatural fuel loads to improve the resiliency of forests and watersheds to fire, and improve wildlife habitat.  

To read more about Walden’s efforts to protect public lands in Oregon from catastrophic wildfire, please click here.

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