Washington, DC – Dave Tenny, President and CEO of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), released this statement following the passage of the 2018 Omnibus Bill:
“Congress has once again recognized forest biomass in the U.S. as the carbon neutral, renewable resource that it is. The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) thanks Congress and applauds the bipartisan support for biomass, which is a valuable market for forest owners and an important part of the U.S. energy portfolio. The continued bipartisan agreement seen in today’s vote has been consistent since 2016 when the same language was passed unanimously on the Senate floor as part of the Senate energy bill.
Now, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy must act to set clear and simple policies for forest biomass. Federal agencies should use FIA data to measure what is actually happening to carbon in the forest, rather than using vague assumptions and complex data models that inaccurately attempt to predict the future.
Biomass energy markets strengthen the economic viability of privately owned forests, which account for more than 70% of working forests in the United States. As private forest owners continue to invest in their forests, they face uncertainty about future markets for their wood. Recognizing that forest biomass in the U.S. provides a carbon neutral source of energy will encourage landowners to replant trees to keep their forests healthy and intact and continue to provide a sustainable supply of biomass well into the future.”
The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) is a national advocacy organization committed to advancing federal policies that support the long-term economic, social and environmental benefits of sustainably managed privately-owned forests. NAFO member companies own and manage more than 45 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 2.4 million jobs.