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Yesterday, Leader McCarthy joined a bipartisan House delegation to the Sequoia National Forest to better understand the importance of forest stewardship and the impact of wildfires on our natural resources. Joining Leader McCarthy was House Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (AR-4), Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52), Rep Jim Costa (CA-16), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), and California Assemblyman Vince Fong (AD-34). For more behind-the-scenes photos, be sure to follow the stories from @RepKevinMcCarthy on Instagram.

1. Living Legends  — Upon arrival in the Sequoia National Forest, the delegation learns that giant sequoias live for thousands of years. Some of the trees in the forest sprouted during the heyday of the Roman Empire.

2. Colossus — The delegation weaves its way through the Trail of 100 Giants—a national monument and one of the most famous groves within the Sequoia National Forest. Giant sequoias are the world’s widest tree and are among the world’s tallest trees; the average giant sequoia reaches nearly 300 feet in the air.

3. Scarred Land — Heavy-handed federal regulations make it near-impossible to clear brush and deadwood that fuel fires on the national monument. As a result, sequoias and the creatures who call the trees home are in danger of entirely preventable damage. During their visit, United States Forest Service (USFS) stressed the importance of common-sense forest management.

4. Lungs of the Earth — Leader McCarthy plants a young giant sequoia. Trees are the greatest natural air filter we have on earthto protect historic giant sequoias, we must protect, restore, and better manage the forests we steward. Republicans are working to reduce emissions and protect the environment through the work of our Energy, Climate, and Conservation Task Force.