SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after President Biden signed an Executive Order, which will protect America’s old-growth forests by creating a cohesive strategy across the federal government and fighting wildfires with data, combat global deforestation and coordinate foreign assistance, and direct the first national nature assessment in the history of the United States.
“I have said time and again that climate change is the greatest existential threat we face as a country. We simply have no time to waste, and the President’s action today represents an important step in our fight against climate change by leveraging the benefits of old-growth forests. The EO will help put us on a path to promote forest resiliency and enhance our ability to prevent and fight wildfires, which have had devastating consequences in the Pacific Northwest. But keeping forests in the United States healthy isn’t enough alone – this EO reflects the need for the U.S. government to coordinate with our partners around the world to put an end to global deforestation. As we make the transition to a truly green economy, it is critical that we utilize every tool available to combat climate change – today’s executive order does just that by enlisting the help of nature in our fight to preserve the planet.”