Wyoming’s US Senator John Barrasso, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, along with Senator Jim Risch of Idaho introduced a Tree Spiking Mitigation Act.
This legislation will reduce the dangers that trees spiked by eco-terrorists pose to firefighters, loggers, and sawmill workers. Tree spiking involves hammering a metal rod, nail or other material into a tree trunk, either inserting it at the base of the trunk where a logger might be expected to cut into the tree, or higher up where it would affect the sawmill later processing the wood.
Barrasso explains that many trees that were spiked decades ago remain standing on our public lands. Senator Risch adds, “It is extremely troubling that our land management agencies have no record of where these trees are or any plan to mitigate this serious safety issue.” The measure is particularly timely as firefighters are in some of the affected areas cutting trees to establish fire lines.