Support Strong Safeguards For America's National Forests
America's national forests are crucial players in our country’s efforts to address the ongoing impacts of climate change. Safeguarding our national forests requires giving forest managers the tools they need to ensure continued supplies of water, wildlife and job supporting recreation. The proposed national forest management rules are a step in the right direction but I urge the agency to include clear requirements to give forest managers clarity on what is expected of them and give the public confidence that their needs are being met.
Ensuring continued supplies of clean water, healthy populations of wildlife, securing jobs supported by outdoor recreation and storing polluting greenhouse gasses can all be accomplished with the tools identified in the draft rule. However, in the final rulemaking, managers must be clear that they are expected to use those tools and will be held accountable if they do not. Without clear direction to forests managers that they must address the impacts of climate change our national forests are at risk of being managed inconsistently and in ways that do not deliver what the American people need from federal lands.
Thank you for taking these comments into consideration and for working to improve the conservation of America’s national forests.
The U.S. Forest Service has proposed revisions to Reagan-era regulations governing the management of America's 193 million acres of national forests, giving managers the tools they need to safeguard water, wildlife, and jobs in an era of climate change.
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