Friends of Forestry
Rep. Glenn Thompson (Pennsylvania - 5)
Congressman Glenn Thompson represents Pennsylvania’s extensive Northcentral 5th District, encompassing much of the state’s forest and farmland. This summer, Congressman Thompson led in pushing back against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to place the Northern Long-Eared Bat under potentially disastrous Endangered Species Act protection, hosting a major House Natural Resources Committee hearing in his state that probed the potential impacts of a listing decision. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, he was instrumental in ensuring that the recent Farm Bill contained helpful language preventing overregulation of Forest Roads, and that it stipulated the inclusion of most forest products within USDA’s Bio-Based Product promotion, which is based on legislation, the Forest Products Fairness Act, that Thompson introduced in both the 112th and 113th Congress. Through the House Education and the Workforce Committee, he supports reasonable provisions governing the H-2B guestworker program for reforestation workers, as well as clear and workable rules for determining independent contractor status.
“Active forest management, including adequate timber harvests, is essential to healthy, productive forests and directly tied to the economic strength of local economies throughout the 5th Congressional District and nationally. Unfortunately, all too often the federal government’s shortsighted regulatory policies pose barriers to active management for private industry and the U.S. Forest Service. This past year, with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, we were successful in advancing a series of reforms that will alleviate a number these regulatory burdens, promote greater and more active management, and expand market opportunities for the wood products industry. I want to thank the Forest Resources Association for their work to represent the individuals and small businesses that make up the nation’s forest product supply chain. I look forward to our shared work to ensure this industry is able to remain strong and competitive, while also sustaining the jobs and economic prosperity it affords to so many of our communities.”
Thank you, Representative Thompson!