House legislators are trying to revive a bill that would speed up the process of thinning of national forests to aid in timber production and keep the forests healthier. According to a Rapid City Journal article, the goal of the legislation is to speed up timber harvests and remove underbrush the U.S. Forest Service has deemed necessary. Supporters argue that the forests are in danger of being overgrown and becoming more susceptible to fire and disease unless better management is done.
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