Some politicians tell us that the only way we can prevent fires is to abandon the protections of the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act. They tell us that we will only be able to reduce flammable fuels in our forests by restricting public input and opening up roadless areas.
Despite the rhetoric from D.C. it’s not an “either-or choice” between environmental protection and reduced fire risk.
In fact, in Idaho we are proving that we can work collaboratively to find common ground to reduce fire risk, restore forests and streams and increase public involvement, all at the same time.
So, what’s being proposed? Read the full story here.
Ask Your Representative to Oppose H.R. 2936 Today!
Use the talking points below to craft your comments. The more you can personalize your comments and use your own words, the more effective and powerful your comments will be.
- Our public lands are essential to our quality of life in Idaho. Idahoans have a vested interest in the management and protection of these lands. H.R. 2936 undermines critical environmental laws that protect clean water, wildlife habitat and sensitive forests.
- Collaborative efforts in Idaho are having success at reducing fire risk, restoring forests, creating jobs, improving fish and wildlife habitat, and producing timber. These coalitions include conservationists, timber, wildlife and community interests. This bill threatens to disrupt our progress.
- Talk about where on your national forests you hike, camp, hunt, fish, or spend time with your loved ones.
- The ability for citizens to challenge our government is fundamental to our democracy. By effectively blocking the courthouse doors, H.R. 2936 would undermine our rights to ensure compliance with laws designed to protect clean water, clean air and endangered species.
- The Idaho Roadless Rule was developed with the input of Idaho citizens and a broad array of stakeholders. It’s supported by Gov. Otter, the Idaho Legislature and the majority of Idahoans. The Westerman Bill would exempt logging and road construction projects from the common-sense protections of the Idaho Roadless Rule.
- Forest plans provide the long-term vision for our national forests. Currently the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Salmon-Challis national forests are revising their plans. If approved, H.R. 2936 would cut the public out of the planning process entirely.
- Instead of using wildfires to dismantle America’s bedrock environmental laws, Congress should ensure that the Forest Service has the funds necessary to fund fire suppression without raiding recreation, wildlife and fuels reduction accounts.
Take action TODAY! Let either Rep. Mike Simpson or Rep. Raúl Labrador know that you support Idaho’s collaborative efforts and don’t want see Idaho’s cherished roadless areas destroyed!
You can only send comments to one, so find out which of the two is your representative. Then send your comments to either: