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National Forest Products Week Spotlights Sustainability Leadership

This is the 62nd anniversary of the week-long celebration from October 16-22 

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in celebration of the 62nd anniversary of National Forest Products Week (October 16-22). 

“During National Forest Products Week, we celebrate the 950,000 people across America who make a difference for our industry, local communities and the planet. Join us as we celebrate all who contribute toward making sustainable products, for a sustainable future. 

“From paper towels to cardboard boxes, communication papers that facilitate reading and writing, or wood products found throughout homes – it’s hard to imagine a day without sustainable forest products. 

“This is a meaningful place to work. We are a U.S. manufacturing industry grounded in innovation and advancing the circular economy. Paper is one of the most widely recycled materials in the nation. We are also one of the first manufacturing industries to set and achieve quantifiable sustainability goals. 

“Our commitment to do more continues with Better Practices, Better Planet 2030. The success of our sustainability initiative is rooted in diverse and talented people. We are committed to positively impacting diversity, equity and inclusion while also advancing the essential role the industry has in local, regional and national economies.” 

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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