The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

AH Marsh Photo

A crowd gathered in Glenwood Springs yesterday to rally on behalf of national forests and public lands. It was one of several events across the country, organized by the National Wildlife Federation and Wilderness Workshop. Local speakers ranged from an outdoor marketing firm, to the hunting and fishing community, and a local rancher. The crowd was encouraged to make their voices heard next to "Cardboard" Cory Gardner, a stand-in for the real senator who was invited but did not attend the rally. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has the first story.

The second story features KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh and National Wildlife Federation's David Ellenberger, talking about the rally and public lands protection.

Click here for full audio of each of the six official speakers.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

 

Today the House Committee on Natural Resources begins to review House Bill 2936, The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, AKA "Westerman" Bill after its author Arkansas Republican Bruce Westerman. Although its sponsors claim the bill will improve the health of forests, one environmental lawyer has called it “a wish list from the timber industry,” claiming that it seeks to eliminate environmental laws and privatize public lands. Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Susan Jane Brown of Western Environmental Law Center to learn more about the provisions contained within the bill, including a repeal of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument designation.