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Boone and Crockett Club Supports Senators Manchin and Barrasso’s Inclusion of Forest Restoration Title in Proposed Infrastructure Bill

When a wildfire consumes large swaths of a national forest, foresters plant trees to not only give nature a helping hand, but to ensure the forest is resilient, genetically diverse, and meets both commercial and environmental demands. Forest Service photo by Joseph M. de Leon

The Boone and Crockett Club today thanked Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) for including a strong forest restoration title in the proposed infrastructure bill pending in the Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Manchin with Senator Barrasso as the ranking member, marked up the legislation and passed it out of committee today. Following is a statement by the Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Schoonen:

“The Boone and Crockett Club applauds the work of Senator Manchin and Senator Barrasso for including $5 billion for active forest management on our National Forests in the infrastructure bill passed by the committee today. This funding will help to reduce the risk of severe wildfires, improve big game habitat, and support jobs in rural communities. The Club also supports the efforts of Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to make important amendments to the bill that would allow the Forest Service to get the job done more quickly with the new funds.”

In April, the Club called for a significant investment in active forest management in order to help improve the health of our federal forests. Activities such as harvesting trees, thinning dead and dying trees, creating fuel breaks, prescribed and managed burns, and creating defensible spaces are all effective tools to reduce wildfire threats while also improving wildlife habitat and helping to sequester carbon. 

More About the Boone and Crockett Club

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. Click here to learn more about the Boone and Crockett Club.