The New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly passed a Democrat-sponsored forest stewardship bill that will allow targeted logging in state forests. The bill’s supporters say targeted logging will help restore forests to a more natural condition after decades of aggressive fire suppression have unwittingly created conditions that make fires more likely. Gov. Chris Christie has yet to sign or veto the bill.
The New Jersey Senate passed the bill by a 36-3 vote. The Assembly then passed it by a 46-27 vote.
Democrats Propose Logging
The bill, first introduced by State Sens. John McKeon (D-Morris), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester), Donald Norcross (D-Camden), and Bob Smith (D-Middl