Washington, D.C. – Representing private forest landowners who plant, grow, and harvest the vast majority of the wood and fiber that flows into domestic supply chains, the Forest Landowners Association (FLA) issued the following statement from CEO Scott Jones on the Trillion Trees Act, which was introduced in the House today by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR):

“FLA and the forest landowners we represent commend Congressman Westerman for introducing legislation that recognizes the carbon benefits forests provide. As a forester himself, Rep. Westerman knows that the tremendous environmental benefits our forests deliver require
healthy forests and strong timber markets.

“Using forests as a tool to combat climate change will be far more complex than simply planting more trees. It will require the continued hard work and investment of private forest landowners and that means keeping them economically viable through policies that promote healthy forests, healthy wood markets and a balanced timber supply. We look forward to working with Congressman Westerman and other members of Congress to ensure forest landowners have strong incentives to reforest and manage their lands so the country can continue realizing the environmental benefits from forests and wood markets.”

View FLA’s policy brief outlining key aspects of the bill.