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2018 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners

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2019 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners


Legislative Update: WOTUS Rollback Moving Forward
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As the Trump administration prepares to pull back the Obama administration’s signature water rule, Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, a longtime Waters of the United States critic, will preside over a hearing Wednesday aimed at detailing flaws with the 2015 rule and the process that produced it. His Environment and Public Works Committee hearing will host a who’s who of players from the WOTUS battle, including Michael Josselyn, a wetlands consultant and dissenting voice from the external EPA science panel that worked on the rule, and Ken Kopocis, the Obama administration water chief who oversaw it. 

At the same time, farmers will be meeting with Trump on the issue. In addition to signing the aforementioned executive order geared toward rural America, Trump will hold a roundtable discussion with farmers on Tuesday.

Policy Patrol: FLA staff, board members and past president's

gather in a lawmaker's office before a hill visit earlier this year.

While the EO of the WOTUS was applauded by private landowners in late March, the order itself does not rescind the rule.  FLA knows that this is just the first step of fixing what’s wrong with overreaching regulations that are burdensome and costly to the management of forests.  There will be many steps ahead and FLA will make sure regulatory reforms are beneficial to the management of forestlands, while also being mindful of continuing your legacy of protecting the nation’s water, air, and natural resources.

Encouraging meaningful regulatory reform legislation, FLA is focusing our readiness to work with lawmakers on much-needed improvements to the rulemaking process by advocating with key lawmakers regulatory reform measures that include: greater transparency, the use of sound science, greater sensitivity to costs and benefits, and accountability for agencies’ use of economic and scientific data.





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