Roby Supports Alabama Conservation and Forest Products Industry
Today U.S. Rep. Martha Roby asks the U.S. Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, if progress is being made on the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) – a program extremely important to the conservation and forest products industry in Alabama. Roby’s questions come during an Agriculture Committee hearing reviewing the energy and forestry programs in advance of writing the next Farm Bill.
Roby: “Your testimony highlights a number of programs that are important to private forest owners, like the almost 400,000 family forest owners in my home state of Alabama. While I understand the value of these programs, another key program that is incredibly important for both the conservation and forest products industry in Alabama is the Forest Inventory and Analysis program—which helps us understand the conditions and trends in our forests, where we have insect and disease threats, and how much fiber we have for forest products. Are you making progress with FIA—have you fully implemented this program, as directed in a previous Farm bill?”
Mr. Tidwell: “We are making progress. Our FIA program is just essential, especially to the private landowners to be able to understand what’s occurring, not only on their land, but throughout their state. It helps the industry to be able to make decisions, about where to make investments.”