WALDEN TO TAKE AERIAL TOUR OF TRYON COMPLEX FIRE, WALLOWA-WHITMAN NATIONAL FOREST
September 1, 2005 - WASHINGTON, DC -
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, will take an aerial tour of the Tryon Complex Fire currently burning near the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area this Monday, September 5, 2005. The hour-long tour will depart the Joseph Airport at 8:30 AM.
Joining Walden on the tour will be Wallowa County Commissioner Mike Hayward, Tryon Complex Fire Incident Commander Nick Lundy, Eagle Cap/Hells Canyon National Recreation Area District Ranger Mary DeAguero and Acting Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Supervisor Dick Marley and. The Tryon Complex Fire, ignited by lightening on August 14, consists of the Hass Fire, the Tryon Fire and the Cherry Creek Fire.
“Oregonians are all too familiar with the devastation to the environment, habitat, water and air quality, and local communities that can accompany these large, catastrophic blazes,” said Walden. “Representing a district with 11 national forests and as chairman of the Forests and Forest Health Subcommittee, I hear firsthand from individuals who work and recreate on our forestlands about the damage they see following wildfires. It is imperative, and a top priority of mine, that we give our land managers the tools necessary to both curb and control such fires, as well as restore the health of our forests after they occur.”
Earlier this week, Walden held subcommittee hearings in Washington and South Dakota on forestland management and the implementation of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, legislation he co-authored in 2003 to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire on overcrowded national forests through fuels reduction projects.
He will be visiting Wallowa County with his family over the Labor Day Weekend on the last leg of his extensive travels throughout the Second District during the August District Work Period, which also included trips to Deschutes, Crook, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Union and Baker Counties, as well as a four-day, 41-mile hike around Mt. Hood with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) during which they met with numerous stakeholders to discuss long-term management issues facing the Mountain.
Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.