AF&PA Applauds New York Governor Hochul for Vetoing Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act
WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock released the following statement in response to New York Governor Kathy Hochul vetoing the Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act (S.4859-A/A.5682-A):
“The American Forest & Paper Association applauds Governor Hochul’s decision to veto New York’s Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act. The U.S. paper and wood products industry depends on sustainable forest growth. We champion sustainable forestry.
“The proposed legislation brought significant concerns for our industry impacting non-tropical forest products, like cardboard boxes and paper bags.
“It would have also created trickle-down effects for our industry’s circular supply chain and raised serious questions on the trade restrictive approach to forest management.
“New York lawmakers should instead engage in dialogue with the international community recognizing sustainably managed forests and wood product supply chains that already exist in North America.”