Full Committee Hearing on Wildfire Management in the Midst of COVID-19

June 9, 2020
10:00 AM
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. EDT in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the hearing is to examine wildfire management in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the committee may participate in person or online. The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, staff, and the public. This includes maintaining six-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room. Pursuant to this guidance, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing. 

The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

Archived Webcast

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Opening Remarks

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski

    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Sen. Joe Manchin

    Ranking Member
    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Witness Panel 1

  • Ms. Amanda Kaster

    Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land & Minerals
    U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Mr. John Phipps

    Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry
    USDA Forest Service
  • Mr. George Geissler

    State Forester, State of Washington
    On behalf of the National Association of State Foresters
  • Mr. Norm McDonald

    Director of Fire and Aviation
    Alaska Division of Forestry