Washington, DC – The National Alliance of Forest Owners released the following statement on the reintroduction of the National Prescribed Fire Act.
“We applaud Senators Wyden, Manchin, Cantwell, and Feinstein for reintroducing the National Prescribed Fire Act. This commonsense bill supports prescribed burns as an essential, science-based strategy for reducing the risk of severe wildfire. As our climate changes, an all-of-the-above approach is needed to optimize forest health and productivity, improve forest resilience, and proactively manage for wildfire risk. Active forest management strategies, like prescribed fire, thinning, vegetation control, harvesting, and tree planting are proven by both science and experience to work. We look forward to working with Senators Wyden, Manchin, Cantwell, and Feinstein and their Senate colleagues to advance policy that embraces scientifically-proven active forest management strategies to increase forest health, productivity and resilience, reduce the risk of severe wildfire, and proactively protect our homes, businesses and communities.”
The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) is a national advocacy organization committed to advancing federal policies that support the long-term economic, social and environmental benefits of sustainably managed privately-owned forests. NAFO member companies own and manage more than 47 million acres of private working forests – forests that are managed to provide a steady supply of timber. NAFO’s membership also includes state and national associations representing tens of millions of additional acres. Private working forests in the U.S. support 2.5 million jobs. Learn more at nafoalliance.org.