July 24, 2020

Neguse Amendment to Increase Funds for Forest Restoration Passes the House

His amendment calls for a $5 million increase for large-scale community-driven restoration projects

Washington D.C.—Today, an amendment introduced by Congressman Joe Neguse to add an additional $5 million in funds for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) passed the U.S. House of Representatives along with Appropriations for the Department of Interior. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is a widely popular forest restoration program in Colorado, with the Front Range CFLRP project serving regions of the 2nd Congressional District. The program funds large-scale, community-driven restoration projects with the goal of reducing the risk of catastrophic fire, supporting jobs in rural communities, and enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. 

“As home to many Federal forests, national parks and open areas, restoration and preservation of our forests is incredibly important to my district and to the efforts of fire crews throughout Colorado as they seek to reduce the growing risk of catastrophic wildfires,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is an important tool that benefits communities across the front range and across our nation through large-scale restoration projects, and yet for the last few years has been sorely underfunded. I am proud to see my amendment to increase funds for this vital program by $5 million pass the House today, and look forward to continuing to work to invest in our forests, land management efforts and support our fire crews.”

Congressman Neguse’s 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Jobs Act, introduced in June, proposes additional funds for forest restoration and wildfire mitigation. The bill would provide $6 billion for the U.S. Forest Service, $6 billion for the National Park Service maintenance accounts to put people to work reducing the maintenance backlog on National Forest System lands, including reforestation. It would also provide $600 million for the Forest Service State and Private Forestry program and a $150 million increase in funding for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP).