September 26, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 23

Hastings' "Healthy Forests" Bill Raises Concerns

SEATTLE - It might save the government some money, but it won’t do anything to quell the controversy over logging in the national forests. That’s what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says in its new report about Congressman Doc Hastings’ plan to more than double timber harvest on public lands.

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Hastings has said his bill, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (HR 1526), is a way to get badly needed income to the rural timber counties. However, the CBO report says the counties would actually receive less government money than they do now.

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