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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement on the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) release of its natural resource recommendations under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
“CEQ correctly identified the Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) program as an essential element for measuring carbon stocks from one of the most abundant natural resources (trees). We hope the administration and Congress will provide the funding the Forest Service needs to more frequently update and expand the data using actual on the ground information.
“Paper and wood products manufacturers rely on sustainably managed forests and are incredibly efficient in our use of raw materials, using the entire tree to make products, renewable energy, and more. We hope that EPA’s pending framework on biogenic carbon accounting will correctly reflect the carbon neutral fuel we produce and use.”
# # # The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.