Print Rep. Gosar fights wildfire with legislation
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar [R-District 1] was in Camp Verde last week to unveil new proposed legislation aiming to reduce the risk of damaging wildfires in Arizona.

At a press conference in Camp Verde on May 1,  U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar [R-District 1], left, talks about his reasons for backing the efforts of Arizona Cattlemen’s Association President Andy Groseta, right, who has put together a plan for more efficient management of U.S. Forest Service lands. Gosar plans to introduce legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives he believes would help reduce the incidence and impact of  destructive wildfires.Gosar spoke to a group hosted by the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association on May 1.

The bill, the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2012, calls for a federal review process and would allow the U.S. Forest Service to take advantage of rules that would speed up grazing and forest thinning on federal lands.

Grazing, proponents argue, can perform a vital service, not only for ranchers but also by reducing the amount of fuel on forest lands that often allows wildfires to grow more quickly and become even more destructive.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 9, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.