Stauber introduces forest management legislation

The legislation is intended to strengthen wildlife habitat for hunting.

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber
U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber

Congressman Pete Stauber, R-Hermantown, introduced July 20 the Healthy Forests for Hunters Act, legislation intended to boost forest management for the benefit of hunting and recreating on public lands.

Stauber’s legislation is included in the rollout of comprehensive forest management legislation titled the Resilient Federal Forests Act, led by Congressman Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas.

“Northern Minnesota and the rest of the country is blessed with millions of acres of national forest lands providing opportunities to hunt whitetails, ruffed grouse, turkeys, gray wolves, black bears, and so much more. However, this blessing requires proactive forest management in order to prevent catastrophic wildfires and the loss of precious wildlife habitat,” Stauber stated in a news release. “Right now, wildfires threaten forests in northern Minnesota and nationwide. Therefore, I am proud to offer a solution that will take necessary steps to preserve our forests and wildlife habitat, so Minnesota’s rich hunting tradition can continue for years to come while providing quality jobs for loggers in national forests.”

Specifically, the legislation is intended to create two categorical exclusions that will strengthen wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting and recreating:

  • A categorical exclusion that allows for the management of early successional forests, which are young, undergrown areas like thickets or shrubby undergrowth that are loved by wildlife.

  • A categorical exclusion that allows for the management of forested areas around campsites, forest infrastructure, or other resources needed for recreating on national forest land.

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