The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) is pleased to see robust funding for the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and Wood Innovation Grants (WIGs) in the House Agriculture Committee’s reconciliation package. We eagerly await full text from the House Agriculture Committee and inclusion of this funding in the Senate package, but we are encouraged by the information provided to date. Together, private working forests and forest products already deliver real carbon benefits and provide promising potential for the future. Increased funding to collect and analyze data, enhance R&D, and share information about building with wood are critical to helping us document, understand and advance the climate benefits of working forests and forest products.
The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) is a national advocacy organization committed to advancing federal policies that ensure our working forests provide clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and jobs through sustainable practices and strong markets. NAFO member companies own and sustainably manage more than 46 million acres of private working forests – forests that are managed to provide a steady supply of timber. NAFO’s membership also includes state and national associations representing tens of millions of additional acres. Private working forests in the U.S. support 2.5 million jobs. Learn more at nafoalliance.org.