Monday, February 17, 2014

Make Plans for PFPA Legislative Event

The annual PFPA Legislative Event will take place the evening of Tuesday, April 1 at the Harrisburg Hilton. This event gives PFPA members a chance to directly engage to discuss PFPA’s legislative and regulatory agenda with state legislators and agency officials and educate urban and suburban legislators about forestry and the forest products industry.

Registration materials for the event are available to PFPA members by contacting the PFPA office (contact information below). Cost is $65.

One of the priority issues that PFPA is working on this spring is enactment of a sales tax exclusion for logging equipment. Logging operators are encouraged to attend the PFPA Legislative Event so they can share with legislators the importance of this issue.

Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
301 Chestnut Street, Suite 102
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-901-0420
Toll free: 800-232-4562
Fax: 717-901-0360

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pennsylvania SIC Winter 2014 Newsletter Available Online:

  • Program Update
  • The New PA SIC Website Has Everything You Need
  • New Transportation Law Helps Forest Product Haulers
  • SFI Inc. Seeks Comments on Draft 2015-2019 Standard
  • 2013 PA SIC In Review

  • 2014 Spring Training Schedule 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Farm Bill Passed

On February 4, the U.S. Senate passed the five-year Farm Bill by a 68-32 vote and sent it to the President for signature, following last week’s passage in the House. Thanks to the many FRA members who made contacts with key Senators this past week, to emphasize the importance of the Farm Bill’s pro-forestry provisions!

In terms of forestry, the Farm Bill:
  • Limits EPA’s regulatory reach and “citizen suits” over forest road stormwater run-off—adopting the most important terms of the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act;
  • Includes forest products within the labeling and procurement preferences of the USDA “bio-based” program, with an inclusive definition of the program’s “innovative product” stipulation;
  • Improves access for family forest landowners to conservation programs, such as the Conservation Stewardship Program;
  • Permanently authorizes the Stewardship Contracting Program, which enables entrepreneurship opportunities for logging contractors and others in forest health and other improvement projects on federal land;
  • Reforms the USDA Forest Inventory & Analysis program to make its data more useful for practical supply projections.

Upholding states’ authority to regulate stormwater runoff through Best Management Practices programs, in the face of litigation in the Ninth Circuit, brought national, regional, and state forestry organizations together for a multi-year campaign.

From FRA Issue Update 02/04/2014