Friends of Forestry
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Virginia - 6)
Congressman Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia, which includes large areas of forest land, including the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. As an active member (and past Chairman) of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Goodlatte has long been a supporter of common sense forest management, as well as policies that lessen the grip of the federal government on the forestry industry. As Chairman, he held numerous hearings to review federal conservation and forestry programs and helped see healthy forests legislation to protect our nation’s forests from future catastrophic wildfires signed into law.
During the 2014 Farm Bill debate, Congressman Goodlatte worked to protect states’ authority over forest road construction, blocking creation of an obstructive federal permitting program. He has expressed concerns about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat under the Endangered Species Act and the seemingly broad limitations on forest management practices and significant economic impact this listing may have. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Chairman Goodlatte has led efforts to conduct congressional oversight of the H-2B guestworker visa program. Many small businesses, including forestry, rely heavily on seasonal employees with H-2B visas.
“It is critical that Congress understand the importance of forestry in creating and sustaining a vibrant and prosperous rural America. The forest industry alone contributes over $17 billion annually to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economy, and is a critical employer and economic force in communities throughout the nation. The Forest Resources Association has been a vocal advocate for members of this industry. I thank them for their hard work in promoting American forestry and look forward to working with them as we advance common sense forest management policies that ensure the stability of our forests for generations to come.”
Thank you, Representative Goodlatte!