We are honored to welcome Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. of Washington state to our next WildEarth Webinar for a conversation about the importance of restoring national forest lands and waters.
National forests and grasslands spread across ten percent of the U.S. and supply twenty percent of the nation’s fresh water. These public lands are critically important for threatened species like grizzly bear, Chinook salmon, and Mexican spotted owls.
Also reaching across these public lands are over 370,000 miles of roads—built mainly for the industrial logging boom of the past—but not adapted to the climate crisis of today. With the cost to fix these roads running into the tens of billions, we must be strategic about how we address this problem.
Rep. Schrier knows this well, as her district in Washington state includes urban and rural areas along with large sections of two national forests. She has seen the harm that occurs when the U.S. Forest Service is not funded to address its oversized road system. This is why she has championed the Legacy Roads and Trails Program—a critical program that improves water quality, restores fish and wildlife habitat, and ensures that recreational and tribal access to national forests is more resilient to damage from storms.
Also joining us for this WildEarth Webinar is Jessica Helsley, Washington Program Director at the Wild Salmon Center, and Marlies Wierenga, WildEarth Guardians’ Pacific Northwest Conservation Manager. Our guests will share stories of how the Legacy Roads and Trails Program can make a huge difference across America’s national forest system.
This conversation is urgent and timely, as the debate in Congress on infrastructure, climate change, and funding is heating up. We look forward to seeing you virtually for our next WildEarth Webinar.