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DOI:John Wright 202-208-6416
For Immediate Release: May 1, 2003

USDA:Allison Harrison

Joint Statement of
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and
Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton
Regarding the Healthy Forest Legislation

“We are pleased that the House Resources Committee acted on the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 today. Moving the bill forward will help carry out President Bush's vision to improve forest and rangeland health through the Healthy Forest Initiative.

“Today’s Committee action should be applauded by all Americans who treasure our forests and public lands and want to reduce the risk of wildland fires. This bipartisan legislation will further our on-going efforts with States, Indian Tribes and local communities to repair forests and rangelands threatened with catastrophic fire from fuel buildup or imperiled by disease and insect infestations.

“We commend Chairman Pombo, Representative McInnis and the cosponsors of the bill for their efforts. We look forward to working with Congress on this important legislation for its enactment this session.”


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