I am calling to urge Representative Tipton to support the Senate’s effort to produce a bipartisan farm bill that is free of attacks on public lands. Wildly different versions of the bill have passed the House and Senate. Please vote for a conference bill that includes a federal forestry title that is focused on conservation, collaboration, and other bipartisan policies, not reckless environmental rollbacks intended to promote logging on our national forests.
I am disappointed in your vote to support the House version of the Farm Bill, which passed on June 22. Provisions in that bill threaten our national forests and undermine basic environmental protections. The House bill drastically decreases public input and environmental review on forestry projects up to 6,000 acres and runs contrary to the recently enacted omnibus appropriations bill, which included a bipartisan wildfire funding agreement. It also threatens to renege on the bipartisan wildfire budget deal with dangerous proposals that would severely weaken protections for our national forests.
Luckily, the Senate version of the Farm Bill, which passed on June 29, was largely free of attacks on our national forests and public lands. Mr. Tipton, you have an opportunity to rectify your misguided vote on the House bill. Please support a conference bill that mirrors the Senate version, and prioritizes protecting public lands over unchecked resource extraction.
For Gardner and Bennet:
Thank you for recently voting to support the Senate’s Farm Bill which was free of attacks on our public lands, despite the disappointing and wildly different version that passed in the House the previous week. Now that the two bills are headed for conference committee, please vote for a version that includes a federal forestry title that is focused on conservation, collaboration, and other bipartisan policies, not on reckless environmental rollbacks intended to promote logging on our national forests.
Please reject any amendments to the Farm Bill that eliminate environmental review of national forest management projects, cut out public participation, force arbitration on forest management projects, or attack conservation and species protections, such as the Roadless Rule, Endangered Species Act, or National Environmental Policy Act.
Colorado’s tourism and recreation economy depends heavily on these bedrock protections for public lands, which preserve our wild places for future generations and visitors to enjoy. Please continue your support for public lands by voting for a clean Farm Bill.