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AF&PA Applauds Governor Newsom for California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act Veto

CONTACT: Tim Ebner 
comm@afandpa.org
 

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock released the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoing the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act (AB 416):

“The American Forest & Paper Association applauds Governor Newsom’s decision to veto AB 416. This misguided legislation ignored robust sustainable forest management certification programs already in place in both the U.S. and Canada, would have adversely impacted housing costs, and undermined California’s efforts to increase the use of renewable and recyclable materials. While we welcome efforts to recognize the important role that sustainable forest management plays in advancing a vision for a more sustainable future, AB 416 would have failed in achieving this goal.”

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.