Resolution in Support of the Healthy Forest Initiative Exposed
The Resolution in Support of the Healthy Forest Initiative was adopted by ALEC's Natural Resources Task Force at the Spring Task Force Summit on March 29, 2003 and approved by the full ALEC Board of Directors in April, 2003. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of ALECexposed.org in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.
ALEC Bill Text
WHEREAS, America’s forests and rangelands are in a state of deteriorating ecological health caused by decades of federal management that interrupted the natural fire cycle and increased forest density and allowed forests to grow an unnatural fuel basement; and
WHEREAS, forests are now vulnerable to disease, drought, and wildfire; and
WHEREAS, wildfires burned of 7.1 million acres of public and private lands during the summer of 2002; and
WHEREAS, the impact of these forest fires has been severe upon the states and localities that serve as gateways for millions of visitors to our nation’s magnificent national parks, forests and other federal public lands; and
WHEREAS, these forest fires have damaged personal and business properties and displaced thousands of individuals from their homes, and
WHEREAS, excessive analysis, ineffective public involvement, and management inefficiencies have caused public land managers to delay restorative projects and driven up costs to approximately $250 million per year; and
WHEREAS, the Bush Administration has developed a Healthy Forests Initiative that will provide land managers with the ability to effectively reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels and restore wildfire-damaged areas, and
WHEREAS, the Healthy Forest Initiative has been designed to facilitate the implementation of the National Fire Plan with a 10 year comprehensive strategy; and
WHEREAS, in 2002, 890 rehabilitation and restoration projects were accomplished in 22 states and new public-private community partnerships have been developed under the guidance of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Legislative Exchange Council supports the Administration’s Healthy Forest Initiative legislative proposal, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to the President, the Secretary of the Interior Department, and ALEC alumni in Congress.
Adopted by the Natural Resources Task Force at the Spring Task Force Summit, March 29, 2003.
Approved by the full ALEC Board of Directors April, 2003.