It’s wildfire season and we can be grateful for forest management reforms, the fixing of fire borrowing, and Secure Rural Schools legislation shepherded by Cathy McMorris Rodgers this Congress.
Earlier this month, Cathy hosted the interim chief of the Forest Service, Vicky Christiansen, in Eastern Washington. The Spokesman-Review covered the visit. I appreciate Cathy’s continued commitment to healthy forests and our local economy.
Cathy was instrumental in the development of the A to Z project on the Colville National Forest and she wanted the new chief to see it firsthand. A to Z is the result of local collaboration which Cathy promoted and a public-private partnership to demonstrate the value of partnering with local stakeholders. This approach allows for more forest maintenance and sellable lumber than the Forest Service could do on its own. In addition, this project means more good-paying jobs for the local economy.
I applaud Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ leadership and record of results for a healthy forest and for promoting innovative approaches that will get results and lower cost.