Our district includes over 20,000 square miles of National Forest. Care and management of these vital forests should have been a congressional priority. Yet, today residents of our Sierra communities live in the shadows of over 100 million dead trees. Scientifically sound solutions put forth by forest service experts are ignored by our congressman, who prefers to hand off these lands to the timber industry rather than invest in managing our national forest.
We must act quickly to clear the dead trees, transfer this timber to sustainable lumber companies, and develop solutions to restore the health of these vital forests. Healthy forests are critical to our environment, replenishing the air we breathe. It will take leadership to make it happen. I will be that leader.