Support forest management reforms in the Farm Bill
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By Brad Hicks, President and CEO
Dear Chamber Members,

Catastrophic wildfires and the toxic smoke from those fires is as damaging to our health as it is to our economy. We have an opportunity to make a difference and I am asking for your help. U.S. House and Senate members are meeting to work on the 2018 Farm Bill, which is likely our last chance this year to fix our broken system of federal forest management. 

If you think our federal forests need more active management- including logging, thinning and prescribed burning- to reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfire, insects, and disease, please take a moment and click here to send a message to your representatives. 

Earlier this year the U.S. House approved a Farm Bill with effective forestry provisions to promote active forest management on federal forests. The House Farm Bill gives federal land agencies new management tools designed to:  
  • Expedite salvage operations in response to catastrophic events.
  • Meet forest plan goals for early successional forests.
  • Remove "hazard trees" that pose public safety risks.
  • Improve or restore National Forest System lands or reduce the risk of wildfire.
  • Accelerate forest restoration.
  • Manage and address insect and disease infestations on federal forests.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill without any meaningful reforms, which makes this week's negotiations very important. If you agree that Congress can do better to improve the management of your national forests, we need your voice!

Click here to contact your members of Congress and urge them to pass strong forest management reforms in the Farm Bill. Together, we can improve the health of our national forests, stop further damage to our regional economy and preserve our way of life here in Southern Oregon. 

Best regards,
Brad S. Hicks, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847
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