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 “When we use excess forest products for biomass production, we reduce forest fire risk by keeping our lands healthier and we create a stable energy source.”

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) praised the bipartisan vote in favor of H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act. This legislation would enable Native Americans like the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, in Eastern Washington, to utilize biomass as a stable energy source. It also makes our region healthier and safer.

“When we use excess forest products for biomass production, we reduce forest fire risk by keeping our lands healthier and we create a stable energy source,” McMorris Rodgers said.

It passed the U.S. House with a vote of 254-173.

McMorris Rodgers spoke in support on the House floor:

“Emerging from another devastating wildfire season, the issue of forest health needs to be addressed. Fallen trees, overgrowth and general mismanagement have led to worsening fires each year.

“When we use excess forest products for biomass production, we reduce forest fire risk by keeping our lands healthier and we create a stable energy source.

“This legislation allows a pilot program to encourage greater biomass production on tribal forest land.

“In my Eastern Washington district, it would provide the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation—who already play an active role in forest management—new tools at their disposal to maintain the health of the adjacent forests, develop energy, and most importantly protect their homeland.”

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