Farm Bill Contains Important Forestry Provisions

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 13, 2018 0 Comments

Congress has passed the 2018 farm bill that includes key NAHB-supported forestry provisions from Rep. Bruce Westerman’s (R-Ark.) forestry bill to implement critical forest management reforms that will help improve the health of the nation’s forest system and reduce America’s reliance on foreign sources of timber.

The bill would also increase funding for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to empower rural communities to restore effective forest management and improve forest health. It also contains several provisions in the Timber Innovation Act that will support the development of mass timber products for building construction.

The farm bill provides categorical exclusions for forestry projects targeting diseased and dying trees. These exclusions effectively shield such forestry projects from frivolous legal challenges from the environmental lobby.

NAHB fought hard to ensure the farm bill contains a forestry title in order to grow the supply of domestically produced timber from federal lands.

These forestry provisions within the farm bill are especially important given that the U.S. imports nearly one-third of its lumber from Canada and tariffs averaging 20% on imports of Canadian softwood lumber increase price volatility in the marketplace and harm housing affordability.

President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.

For additional information, contact Alex Strong at 202-266-8279.

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