Carole King will be a witness at a March 16 congressional hearing on wildfire response in Washington, DC Chaired by Ro Khanna, the hearing will also include witnesses from the US Forest Service and environmental experts. Full details are below.
King has long been a public advocate for environmental causes. In addition to his musical career, King, who moved to Idaho in 1977, has worked for 32 years with scientists, conservationists and organizations in the Northern Rockies to preserve the wilderness and biodiversity of this region. ecosystem.
She brought that lived experience to Capitol Hill and worked with members of Congress from both parties to educate the public about the urgent need to protect species and habitat through the Ecosystem Protection Act. Northern Rockies.
She testified at three House hearings: in 1994, 2007 and 2009.
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Representative Ro Khanna, Chair of the Environment Subcommittee, will hold a hearing to consider the urgent need for the federal government to adopt better wildfire preparedness measures and discuss the human toll of wildfires that are getting bigger and worse due to drought, global warming, and other climate stressors.
Forests cover approximately one-third of the land in the United States and have significant cultural significance, protect biodiversity and promote recreation. Forests also mitigate climate change by sequestering and storing carbon, offsetting about 15% of annual US carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
Although wildfires play an important role in maintaining healthy forest ecosystems, careful prevention work is essential to mitigate damage from increasingly dangerous fires. The hearing will examine several strategies the Forest Service uses to prevent wildfires, including prescribed burns, thinning, and commercial logging, as well as challenges the Forest Service faces, such as a tight budget. and an influential commercial forest industry.
Allowing tribes and traditional ecological knowledge holders to take a lead role in forest management can improve resilience to wildfires and protect cultural resources. The Forest Service is increasingly partnering with tribes on restoration projects through the Tribal Relations Program, but difficulties persist in securing permits and local support for cultural prescribed burns.
This hearing will review the Forest Service’s efforts and plans to mitigate and respond to wildfires, and hear from experts and conservationists, including internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter Carole King, on the urgent need for Adopt better forest fire preparedness measures in the face of escalating fires. due to climate change and human development.
WHAT: Environment Subcommittee Hearing titled “Fighting Fire with Fire: Assessing the Role of Forest Management in Reducing Catastrophic Wildfires”
WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET
WHO: Mr. Randy Moore
Chief, United States Forest Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Ms. Carole King
Famous singer-songwriter, land conservation advocate
Mrs. Ali Meders-Knight
Member of the Mechoopda tribe
Traditional Ecological Knowledge Practitioner
Dr. Michael Gollner
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Deb faculty member
Berkeley Fire Research Laboratory
Dr Dominick A. Della Sala
Chief Scientist, Wild Heritage
Earth Island Institute Project
LOOK: A live stream will be available on YouTube and the Oversight and Reform Committee website.
Cover photo: Carole King at Troubadour, photo by Nurit Wilde