[MCN] Fwd: [bozone-orgs] Call, Tweet, e-mail. Protect forests from the Farm Bill

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From: "michele dieterich (via bozone-orgs list)" <bozone-orgs+telechele=hotmail.com at npogroups.org>
Subject: [bozone-orgs] Call, Tweet, e-mail. Protect forests from the Farm Bill
Date: November 27, 2018 at 4:03:59 PM MST
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I may be stepping over the bounds of this group, if so, let me know and I will not send another like this. But I think this is important.

If care about forests and homes near forests...

Please put the pressure on! 
Representative Pelosi:   (202) 225-4965
Senator Schumer:   (202) 224-6542
Tell them NO DEAL ON House Farm Bill Forestry Title - we don't need more logging we need actual community protection and to combat climate change.  The answer is not complicated - and it doesn't involve a chainsaw and gifting our national forests to the timber industry!
ALSO IF YOU ARE ON SM - please tweet and facebook Pelosi and Schumer as well as your Rep and Senators.  Send them good stories, podcasts, radio interviews - anything - just keep the pressure up! Send them any of these links below!

Science has proven with a study of 1400 fires, that logged areas burn faster than "non-managed areas." Bradley et al 2016 Does increased forest protection correspond to higher fire severity in frequent-fire forests of the Western United States?
https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ecs2.1492 <https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ecs2.1492>If this link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser

It is worth noting that the forest around Paradise had been heavily logged... the wind/fire burned so fast and furious through those highly spaced trees that residents did not have time to evacuate. https://californiachaparralblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/its-about-flammable-homes-on-flammable-terrain/ <https://californiachaparralblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/its-about-flammable-homes-on-flammable-terrain/>
It’s about Flammable Homes, not forests <https://californiachaparralblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/its-about-flammable-homes-on-flammable-terrain/>
Here’s how to respond to those misleading posts claiming our recent fires are all about tree huggers preventing logging and a supposed fuel build up via past fire suppression. 1. Most of Cali…
californiachaparralblog.wordpress.com <http://californiachaparralblog.wordpress.com/>
Zinke and Trump are using propaganda and out and out lies, long ago proven incorrect, to get the cut out. These are great stories with renown scientists that debunk the myth that we can log our way out of fires... It is simply not the case.
https://www.podshipearth.com/firemyths <https://www.podshipearth.com/firemyths>         Scientist Chad Hansen
https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/built-to-burn/ <https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/built-to-burn/>       Fire Scientist Jack Cohen

Podship Earth - Environmental Podcast <https://www.podshipearth.com/firemyths>
Podship Earth is an environmental podcast about how we connect with ourselves, each other, nature and the universe.
www.podshipearth.com <http://www.podshipearth.com/>

ALSO please tweet at this reporter so that maybe her next story talks about the fact that forests aren't the problem, that the areas around Paradise and Concow were heavily logged on both private and public lands and that didn't stop the fire - because logging and vegetation management don't stop fires and won't protect communities or save people's lives! 
Forest Fires Add Snag to Getting Farm Bill Passed
House-passed version would change forest management policies that opponents say would ease oversight

Ellyn Ferguson <https://www.rollcall.com/author/efergusoncq-com> @vaferguson <https://www.twitter.com/vaferguson>
Forestry provisions have emerged as the latest snag in farm bill negotiations, sending the issue to congressional leaders for talks to break the impasse.

The forestry provisions in the House-passed version of the farm bill say the proposed changes to federal forest management policies would prevent forest fires — an issue that is now at the forefront after the deadly California fires. Opponents say the proposed changes would ease federal oversight and safeguards needed to limit logging on public lands that could destroy forests habitats and reduce protections for endangered wildlife.

“The big, big question right now is this debate on forestry,” Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow <https://www.rollcall.com/members?247&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink> of Michigan told reporters Monday night. “Last-minute provisions can be the death of any complicated bill. ... If it were not for that, we’d be close to wrapping this thing up.” House and Senate lawmakers are racing to craft a compromise 2018 farm bill by December. The 2014 farm bill expired on Sept. 30.

Stabenow said she, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts <https://www.rollcall.com/members?195&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink> of Kansas, and House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway <https://www.rollcall.com/members?17363&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink> of Texas, and ranking member Collin C. Peterson <https://www.rollcall.com/members?264&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink> of Minnesota have a handful of other issues to finish up including federal payment limits of farm subsidies.

Stabenow said the forestry issue is the only one to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell <https://www.rollcall.com/members?202&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink>, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer <https://www.rollcall.com/members?371&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink>, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan <https://www.rollcall.com/members?523&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink> and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi <https://www.rollcall.com/members?35&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink>for action. The four are expected to discuss the issue Tuesday.

The House farm bill would streamline the federal review process for certain forest projects through categorical exclusions for thousands of acres designated by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management and USDA’s Forest Service for removal of dead or diseased trees that can serve as kindling in forest fires. In a Nov. 20 conference call, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke <https://www.rollcall.com/members?53584&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink> and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said those farm bill forestry provisions would give them tools to reduce wildfire threats and destruction.

“Active (forest) management doesn’t necessarily mean clear-cutting or large-scale logging, as some environmentalists would have you believe,” Zinke wrote Monday in an opinion piece for CNN.

Stabenow and Senate Agriculture Committee member Patrick J. Leahy <https://www.rollcall.com/members?510&utm_source=memberLink?utm_source=memberLink>, D- Vt., say Congress already has approved changes in legislation this year that both departments can use to reduce wildfire risks. The departments should use those new authorities, Stabenow and Leahy argue.

Environmental and conservation groups say the proposed provisions also would exempt some forest projects from environmental analysis and public comment and ease oversight of the Endangered Species Act.

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