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

CONTACT: Tim Ebner

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 recyclable 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 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper