Forests:

Experts debate Rep. Greg Walden's (R-Ore.) new forests bill

Supporters of new forests legislation from Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) want to quicken the pace of salvage logging and forest restoration efforts after a major wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster. But opponents say Walden's bill undercuts key environmental laws, and that forest ecosystems are perfectly capable of recovering on their own. During today's OnPoint, Michael Goergen, executive vice president at the Society of American Foresters, and Randi Spivak, executive director of the American Lands Alliance, debate the need for salvage logging legislation and the proper role for the U.S. Forest Service after a natural disaster.