Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Scenic Columbia Gorge Restoration Act

September 8, 2017
Press Release

Scenic Columbia Gorge Restoration Act (H.R. 3715)

Continuing his efforts to improve forest management policy, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has introduced legislation to ensure the scenic Columbia Gorge is restored after the devastating Eagle Creek Fire.

Walden took immediate action to ensure the Columbia Gorge would be restored for future generations following this catastrophic fire. Walden introduced the Scenic Columbia Gorge Restoration Act (H.R. 3715) on Friday, September 9, 2017. This bill has specific provisions that will help the rebuild Oregon’s treasured area after the Eagle Creek Fire, including:

 

  • Prioritizes restoration of the Columbia Gorge’s scenic character by requiring the Forest Service to begin developing a cleanup and reforestation plan within 30 days after containment of a scenic area fire.
     
  • Sets clear timelines for completion of the planning process within 60 days, while ensuring public input.
     
  • Gives the Forest Service fast track authority to clean up and reforest priority areas including municipal watersheds, key viewing areas, and to help hide human development (e.g. transmission lines).
     
  • Requires the Forest Service to replant the burned area within two years.