House Passes Forest Bill Boosting Timber Production

Law360, New York (September 20, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a forest-management bill aimed at reducing wildfires and increasing timber harvesting, a measure that has been decried by conservation groups and the White House as a destructive bill that undermines federal environmental protection laws.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act passed the House with a 244-173 vote, winning the support of all but one Republican and 17 Democrats. The bill requires “responsible timber production” on at least half of the U.S. Forest Service's commercial timber land,...
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