Legislation to salvage timber scorched in the Rim Fire has passed the House and heads to the Senate.
As part of an effort to create jobs and spur reforestation, an amendment to the Public Assess and Lands Improvement Act clears the way to begin salvage logging in the fire scorched forest lands in Tuolumne County.
Congressman Tom McClintock talked about the bill with KFBK.
"The bill would simply cut through the red tape that prevents us from salvaging the timber on nearly 400 square miles of public lands," McClintock said.
He says the money raised will amount to reforesting 5-thousand acres a day.
The bill faces an uphill fight in the Democratically controlled Senate.
But McLintock has sent letters to California's two senators urging them to fight for the bill.