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Foxx Votes to Improve Health of America’s Forests, Prevent Wildfires

WASHINGTON – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that addresses the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire by expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests. 

“As a member of the National Parks Caucus and someone who loves the outdoors, it is my desire to protect the bountiful natural resources of our beautiful nation and pass them along to the next generation,” said Foxx. “This legislation will improve the health of overgrown, fire-prone federal forests by implementing proactive management standards.”

H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, would simplify environmental process requirements, lessen project planning times and reduce the cost of implementing forest management projects while ensuring robust protection of the environment.

A 2012 Forest Service report estimated between 65 million and 85 million acres of forest are facing some level of threat of wildfire and are in need of restoration. 


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.

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