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house Bill H.R. 2075

Removing 832 Acres From a Wilderness Area in Oregon to Prevent Wildfire From Reaching an Adjacent Community

Argument in favor

This is a commonsense bill that’d allow crews to thin overstocked juniper that poses an extreme wildfire risk to the 5,500 resident community of Crooked River Ranch, Oregon by removing 832 acres from a wilderness area.

Vanessa's Opinion
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07/11/2018
The government should NOT be owning land unless it has tourism value like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. Private individuals know better how to manage the land than do bureaucrats in DC. Look at Maleure in Oregon. Good ranchers went to jail because DC in its land power grab decided to declare their prudent land management practices acts of terrorism. Thank God President Trump pardoned them.
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msorrentino's Opinion
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07/11/2018
How about just allow for proper forest management practices without removing acreage from the wilderness area?
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07/12/2018
This area totals over 18,000 acres of land and this proposal wouldn’t put a dent into the protected area. However, I don’t ever like voting in favor of reducing protected lands and reserves.
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Argument opposed

This bill should at least make the remaining acreage a permanent wilderness area if it’s going to permanently remove 832 acres that’s currently protected. That’d allow for wildfire prevention and keep nearby lands as wilderness.

Ben's Opinion
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07/11/2018
Past present and future development needs to be done prioritizing a thriving natural environment, destroying forests to prevent fires is cutting off your nose to spite your face
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Sean's Opinion
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07/11/2018
Just one more way Trump privatizes our parks for profit ! Bullshit on this . It’s not about fire It’s about money
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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07/11/2018
This sounds like it’s s good deal, but all it does is take our beautiful land that belongs to all the people & puts it in a situation where Trump can make money in it. The best money-making job Trump has had is the one he has now. Fleecing the taxpayers daily. A con man conning us again.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed July 11th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedApril 6th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2075?

This bill — the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act — would require the Dept. of the Interior to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in Oregon to exclude 832 acres specified on an April 2017 map to facilitate fire prevention on those lands. Those activities would aim to protect the adjacent 5,500 resident community of Crooked River Ranch. These lands are classified in the highest risk category for wildfire due to overstocked juniper, but mechanical thinning (ie logging) of the juniper stands is currently prohibited because of its designation as a wilderness study area.

Impact

Crooked River Ranch residents; visitors to the wilderness area; and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2075

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced this bill to protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire:

“Passage of the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act through the Resources Committee is really important. We all know fire is like in our environment in central Oregon. What we’re trying to do is move a government boundary back so that teams can get in and thin out the excess fuels that could result in catastrophe if fire ever came over the top into Crooked River Ranch.”

The local fire chief said the bill “has the potential to save lives and property at Crooked River Ranch” and added:

“With the current wilderness study area (WSA) boundary, practical firefighting and fire prevention activities are unavailable. The lack of fuel mitigation around Crooked River Ranch, due to wilderness restrictions codified in law, has created a dangerous environment and continues to threaten the people that live here… From a firefighting standpoint, Congressman Walden’s bill is appreciated and is simply commonsense.”

Some House Democrats expressed opposition to this bill on the grounds that it’d permanently remove the 832 acres form the wilderness study area without making the remaining acreage a  permanent wilderness area, but noted that striking that provision “would have been enough to garner bipartisan support.”

This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee on a 20-13 vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Crooked River Ranch / Creative Commons)

AKA

Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act

Official Title

To adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls and Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Areas in the State of Oregon to facilitate fire prevention and response activities to protect private property, and for other purposes.

    The government should NOT be owning land unless it has tourism value like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. Private individuals know better how to manage the land than do bureaucrats in DC. Look at Maleure in Oregon. Good ranchers went to jail because DC in its land power grab decided to declare their prudent land management practices acts of terrorism. Thank God President Trump pardoned them.
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    Past present and future development needs to be done prioritizing a thriving natural environment, destroying forests to prevent fires is cutting off your nose to spite your face
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    Just one more way Trump privatizes our parks for profit ! Bullshit on this . It’s not about fire It’s about money
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    How about just allow for proper forest management practices without removing acreage from the wilderness area?
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    This sounds like it’s s good deal, but all it does is take our beautiful land that belongs to all the people & puts it in a situation where Trump can make money in it. The best money-making job Trump has had is the one he has now. Fleecing the taxpayers daily. A con man conning us again.
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    Here are other ways to prevent wildfires besides tearing down the entire forest. You can use controlled burns, it will takes many years for the land to recover. Do not vote for this bill.
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    Wilderness areas are imperative for the good of the world. People choose to live near wilderness areas and then want to essentially destroy them? It reminds me of people who moved near an established Pig Farm (Had been there for decades) because they liked the area and then tried to have the Pig Farm ousted 'cause they didn't like the smell.
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    So we're just going to shrink protected lands every time someone builds a house outside of it? No. That's their fault. We shouldn't be developing in the immediate surroundings of protected public lands in the first place
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    Opinion: Unless we plan to replenish these 800+ acres of nature somewhere else we should be leaving them be. If the neighboring community is nervous about forest fires reaching them then they can move themselves.
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    Perminantly protect the rest of the forest and add minimum buffer zone of residential, commercial and industrial development around federal protected lands
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    Blatant land grab.
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    These areas should not be razed. We must take better care of our natural world. These lands must be preserved to the best of our ability.
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    This is a giveaway to the lumber industry. This land is protected for a reason. Stop allowing big business to destroy the environment just to be able to make a bigger profit. It’s possible to have healthy businesses and a healthy economy without killing our planet. Support the economy and our planet, so we have a world worth living in to pass on to our kids.
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    This truly appears to be a thinly veiled method of logging protected land. I urge you to think very carefully about your grandchildren's ability to enjoy the earth - and the survival of the planet. I understand the desire to protect housing from fire - but we have to find sustainable long term ways to coexist with the rest of the natural world. This is a short term solution at best.
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    I smell a rat. Sounds lovely or an Orwellian bill to me to allow privatization of public lands and beautiful wilderness for profit of the few.
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    I don’t believe this has anything to do with fires, who can believe anything anymore! If this gets passed, watch and see how long it takes to get developed by someone who knows someone in the cabinet. Leave are land alone!
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    Removing acreage for this stated purpose puts us on a slippery slope. Remove this, next remove some more, then more, more, more...til it is gone. No, if the residential area need protection from wildfire, maintain the conserved land and clear dead underbrush, especially on the periphery.
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    H.R. 2075 (Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act.) I’m in support of the bill H.R. 2075 - the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act — which would require the Dept. of the Interior to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in Oregon to exclude 832 acres specified on an April 2017 map to facilitate fire prevention on those lands. Those activities would aim to protect the adjacent 5,500 resident community of Crooked River Ranch. These lands are classified in the highest risk category for wildfire due to overstocked juniper, but mechanical thinning (ie logging) of the juniper stands is currently prohibited because of its designation as a wilderness study area. This is a commonsense bill that’d allow crews to thin overstocked juniper that poses an extreme wildfire risk to the 5,500 resident community of Crooked River Ranch, Oregon by removing 832 acres from a wilderness area. 7*11*18 ..... SEE: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2075/text
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    This area totals over 18,000 acres of land and this proposal wouldn’t put a dent into the protected area. However, I don’t ever like voting in favor of reducing protected lands and reserves.
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    What BS. Trump just wants to opedn up more land for oil and gas.
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