Friends of Forestry
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Oregon-5)
Representative Kurt Schrader represents the Willamette Valley and central coastal areas of Oregon, a state where half of the acreage is forestland. Due to unending litigation, a lack of sustainable forest management practices on public lands, and the recent recession, Oregon’s rural economies have been devastated. As a member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry and as a co-chair of the bipartisan Healthy Forest Caucus, Rep. Schrader plays a key role in authoring and championing forestry legislation to promote sustainable forest management practices and healthier forests, while putting jobs back in the woods. His Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act would prevent unnecessary litigation, by upholding existing EPA policy to not require water discharge permits for forest roads. Rep. Schrader also supports the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act, to give states the option to enable properly equipped heavier trucks access to the federal Interstate system. The Forest Products Fairness Act he introduced would open new market opportunities for American wood products by allowing forest products to qualify for the USDA BioPreferred Program, a program that promotes the use of biobased products in the marketplace. Also a member of the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Schrader is working to provide increased access to lending capital for smaller forestry operations by supporting the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act.
“The folks that live and work in rural timber communities deserve the opportunity to invest in their businesses, generate economic output and create jobs for their neighbors. The severe downturn in the economy and constant litigation has damaged our rural areas harder and longer than anywhere else. I am committed to making sure that they are not left behind in our ongoing recovery and are instead the drivers behind bringing America back to prosperity.”
Thank you, Representative Schrader!