Rep. Gosar Applauds Selection of Contractor for Forest Thinning

| May 19 2012

500 Jobs and Local Wood Products Created 

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) released the following statement today upon the announcement that a contractor has been chosen to begin forest-thinning efforts as a part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).

“Today’s announcement that a contractor has been chosen to begin forest-thinning efforts is a win for common-sense.   Arizona is currently facing four wildfires, and had one of the worst fire seasons last year.   The tragic wildfires that occurred over the past few years including the fire at Schultz Pass and the Wallow fire underscore how critical this type of thinning project is to the safety and economic viability of our communities.”

“I have been leading the charge for large scale forest thinning and pointing out that by saving our forests, we can also increase employment and create locally made products.   Today’s announcement is an important step toward restoring our state’s national forests to healthy and safe condition.  The fact that it will also create 500 private sector jobs and make local wood products for construction is a bonus.”

“Earlier this week I filed the “Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2012” (H.R.5744), legislation intended to remove bureaucratic red tape that slows or restricts forest health projects.  It is my hope that in the future decisions such as the one made today will be in a more timely fashion.  This legislation will serve as an invaluable tool to protect communities throughout the southwestern United States from another devastating fire season.”

On April 18th, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) sent a letter to the Obama Administration urging the Forest Service to end the unnecessary delays related to the 4FRI contract and proceed with important thinning and wildfire reduction efforts expeditiously.

Arizona’s First Congressional District is home to over nine million acres of National Forest System and BLM lands.  That acreage includes all or parts of Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Coronado, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests.  As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Gosar is a strong advocate for federal forest policy reform.  To learn more about his work regarding forest health, please visit www.gosar.house.gov.

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