Opposition to two Bills
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Posted by: Chris Stec
Along with fellow Outdoor Alliance members, the ACA has strong opposition to two bills scheduled for committee markup this week, H.R. 2316, the “Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act,” and H.R. 3650, the “State National Forest Management Act of 2015.”
H.R. 2316 and H.R. 3650 both propose to turn over wide swaths of National Forest System land to management by advisory committees appointed by state governors (H.R. 2316) or to the states (H.R. 3650). These proposals would undermine collaborative Forest Planning efforts, circumvent established processes for public input and review like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, and take lands, in practice, out of multiple-use management in favor of timber development to the detriment of recreational and ecological values, as well as sciencebased
More fundamentally, however, these bills would take lands owned in common by all Americans and turn them over to appointed bodies representing a limited range of stakeholders, or to the states with a mandate to prioritize timber development. National Forests are owned in common by all Americans, not just residents of the states in which they are located, and have a wide range of stakeholders beyond timber interests, many of whom may be more geographically dispersed than the states in which they are located.