Today, E&E Legal’s Senior Policy Fellow and Board Member Greg Walcher testified in front of the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands in support of H.R. 1572,“Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act.”

In his testimony, Walcher noted, “In the wake of catastrophic fires that have devastated more than 100 million acres of national forests in the past 20 years, there ought to be even greater attention on federal management strategies that have utterly failed to maintain and enhance these priceless resources.”  He concluded, Ecosystems should be managed by the people who live in the area, and who by definition know the ‘landscape-scale’ issues best. A far better approach to the crisis of federal land management would be to further empower state and local decision-making, consistent with national priorities.”