Full Committee Hearing to Examine the Federal Response to Escalating Wildfires and to Evaluate Reforms to Land Management and Wildland Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

June 8, 2023
10:00 AM
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The hearing will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 10:00 am in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

The purpose of this hearing is to examine the Federal response to escalating wildfires and to evaluate reforms to land management and wildland firefighter recruitment and retention. 

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. Joe Manchin

    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Sen. John Barrasso

    Ranking Member
    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Jeffrey Rupert

    Director, Office of Wildland Fire
    U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Ms. Jaelith Hall-Rivera

    Deputy Chief of State, Private, and Tribal Forestry
    USDA Forest Service
  • Ms. Kelly Norris

    Interim State Forester
    Wyoming State Forestry Division
  • Mr. Cardell D. Johnson

    Director, Natural Resources and Environment
    U.S. Government Accountability Office