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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 3, 2003

Fact Sheet: President Bush Signs Healthy Forests Restoration Act Into Law

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Today's Presidential Action

The Need for Common-Sense Forest Legislation

Bush Administration Actions to Promote Healthy Forests

In August 2002, in the midst of one of the worst fire seasons in recent history, the President launched his Healthy Forests Initiative (HFI). HFI focuses on reducing the risk of catastrophic fire by thinning dense undergrowth and brush in priority locations that are on a collaborative basis with selected Federal, state, tribal, and local officials and communities. The initiative also provides for more timely responses to disease and insect infestations that threaten to devastate forests. Using the President's Healthy Forests Initiative, the Bush Administration has taken steps to establish a more effective and timely process to protect communities, wildlife habitats, and municipal watersheds from catastrophic fires.

The Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 will:

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