Policy & Legislation

Key components of the Mission and Vision Statements of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association are promoting forest stewardship and sustainable forest management to benefit all Pennsylvanians. To accomplish these tasks, we prepare and disseminate policy statements on forestry and forestland uses. These statements address land use issues and opportunities affecting the environmental, social and economic health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To promote sustainable forestry, we advocate for better policies, laws and practices to local, state and federal agencies and legislators. In this role, we do not lobby, but strive to provide pertinent resource information that will result in better decisions and practices. The listing below includes the current policies of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and information on current legislative issues.

The Policy and Legislation committee is chaired by Jim Walizer: Walizer304@earthlink.net.
Address 25x’25 questions to Terry Hoffman: tehoffman@hotmail.com.

Gas and Wind Energy Policy

Renewable Energy Policy: Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013 (S. 1007)

Comprehensive Transportation Funding & Letter to PA Legislature

Biomass Energy Policy

25x’25

25x’25 is a diverse alliance of agriculture, forestry, environmental, conservation and other organizations and businesses that are working collaboratively to advance the goal of securing 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025. 25x’25 is led by a national steering committee composed of volunteer leaders. PFA has endorsed the 25x’25 goal along with nearly 1,000 partners, current and former governors, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress through The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 25x’25 is a special project of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative that seeks to bring about change in U.S. energy policy to address overarching challenges related to the production and use of energy.

25x’25, The Wood-to-Energy Project

In 2010 and 2011, the 25x’25 Alliance and the Federal Interagency Woody Biomass Working Group convened a Wood-to-Energy Workgroup, consisting of representatives from landowner groups, professional forestry organizations, environmental organizations, traditional forest industries, emerging renewable energy industries, and academia. Together they explored four topics vital to the future of biomass energy in America: wood demand and supply, sustainability of forest resources, carbon and climate change, and related policies. For a copy of the full report, or an executive summary, visit the 25x’25 website.

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