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The U.S. Forest Service, which oversees National Forest System land in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, has been 더킹카지노in contact with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., who is spearheading the effort to preserve timber habitat on public lands in Oregon and Washington, two of the state’s three states with strong timber industries.
“Our intention is to do everything we can to preserve timber habitats and we’re hoping that we can continue to be effective stewards of the areas we manage,” said Tim Eichel, managing director for timber at the Forest Service.
But conservation groups say the efforts will fail to protect endangered species, including forest bats and rare ruffed grouse, or be efficient in conservation, especially when a new Congress has recently taken aim at several federal spending programs that save the world’s wildlife.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is leading a group of five congressmen that is working to get Forest Service spending approved by the House.
The bill, called the Interior-Federal Partner Reauthorization Act, would save $3.2 billion a year for the Forest Service’s budget in fiscal year 2017 if the Forest Service follows through on an executive order to eliminate the requirement that timber companies build thousands of additional headlamps and red lights on logging roads.
The Forest Service does not get anything directly from Congress. But according to the Congressional Research Service, the agency pays $22.8 billion to manage fore바카라사이트sts in 2017. A portion of that $22.8 billion, known as discretionary spending, goes toward maintaining or improving national forests, national parks, water, wildlife and wildlife hab바카라사이트itat. That money has a $2.2 billion surplus, however.
The House version of the bill would restore all of that funding and save $1.2 billion over the next decade, a provision Snowe says she will use to keep the Forest Service going beyond its fiscal year 2017 operating budget of $3.2 billion. Snowe’s goal is to increase that to $4 billion over the next four years and then to $7.3 billion by 2023.
“We’re making good progress here,” Snowe said of the bill in a conference call last week. “That’s really what this bill is all about. If this bill doesn’t get a vote today, then Congress will pass a continuing resolution which allows us to keep this program for the future and continue to make progress.