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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman and Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Buck Vandersteen today issued the following joint statement about Forest Products Industry Advocacy Day at the Louisiana State Capitol as well as the resolution passed by the State Legislature recognizing Wednesday, April 20, 2016, as Forest Products Day.
“We appreciate the opportunity to have met with senior Louisiana officials to discuss how state policies impact the more than 18,000 employees in Louisiana’s vibrant pulp, paper packaging, tissue and forest products industry. On a range of issues, including taxes, implementation of federal energy regulations, and local efforts to tax paper bags, we urged Louisiana’s leaders to support policies that recognize our industry’s sustainability leadership and can help us stay competitive.
“We also thank the Louisiana State Legislature for recognizing the significant role our industry has played in state’s economic development. From 1716 when the first paper mill was founded in Louisiana to 2016 when we have become the second largest manufacturing sector employer in the state, our industry has shown that wise use of resources and innovation to meet customer needs ensures our future in Louisiana. We join the State Legislature in acknowledging the hardworking men and women in Louisiana who use sustainable manufacturing practices to turn renewable, recyclable resources into products that benefit the lives of all Americans.”
To read the full resolution, click here.
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American Forest & Paper Association
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.
Louisiana Forestry Association
The Louisiana Forestry Association was created in 1947 with the mission to promote the health and productivity of Louisiana’s forests for present and future generations through the practice of sustainable forestry.