A bipartisan and bicameral group of western lawmakers pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to partner with the timber industry to reduce wildfire risks in fire-prone areas, create jobs and improve community safety throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Wyoming’s U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso joined with Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett of Colorado, and senators Tim Johnson and John Thune of South Dakota in signing the letter. Wyoming’s Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis along with her colleagues Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, Dough Lamborn, Jared Polis and Scott Tipton of Colorado and Kristi Noem of South Dakota also added their names to the letter. Enzi explains that the states signing the letter have a wildfire problem exacerbated by bark beetles and drought. He says it is better to prevent the fires than to call in all the resources we need to put out a major fire after it breaks out. Enzi says, “Most of us in the West, no matter what our politics are, understand that; and I’m hoping together we can help the top administrative officials of the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC understand that too.” Specifically, the letter asks the US Department of Agriculture to step up efforts and cooperation with the timber industry throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.