Huffman Welcomes Trinity Supervisor To Congress
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jared Huffman (D—San Rafael) welcomed Trinity County Supervisor Judy Morris to testify today before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. Supervisor Morris testified about collaborative forest management and the need for a balanced approach to resource management.
“I’m glad Supervisor Morris was able to come to Washington D.C. and show Congress the can-do spirit of Trinity County,” Congressman Huffman said. “As a small businesswoman as well as a public servant, she understands that responsible stewardship of our natural resources is critical for local communities.”
“The ability of rural communities with significant public lands to innovate depends on strong relationships with our federal representatives, partners, and stakeholders,” Supervisor Morris said. “I’m grateful that Representative Huffman recognizes that additional tools and resources are needed. I look forward to working with him in supporting the renewal of Stewardship Contracting, which has played a big role in the success of Weaverville Community Forest and future collaborative efforts.”
Supervisor Judy Morris has represented Weaverville on the Trinity County Board of Supervisors since 2009. Trinity Country is a rural, forested county that is mostly composed of federally-managed forests: 76% of the land in Trinity County is federal, meaning they rely on their relationship with state and federal land and resource management organizations for economic development.
Supervisor Morris has been a champion of the Weaverville Community Forest, a 13,000-acre territory managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Supervisor Morris testified before the committee today about this successful collaborative forest management partnership and its potential as a model for future national forest policy.
“The collaborative work of the Weaverville Community Forest is showing how the responsible use of our natural resources can be good for the environment, economy, and local communities,” said Huffman.
Click HERE for photos from the hearing.
Click HERE for Supervisor Morris’ prepared testimony.