Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
Highlights of 2017 PFPA Activities
- PFPA supported the 2017-18 State Budget passed by the legislature in October, which included a ten percent increase for the Hardwoods Development Council, expanding its line item to $424,000. As happened last year, the funds are being held in a budgetary reserve.
- PFPA continued to oppose the creation of a gas severance tax which could include additional taxation on timber harvesting.
- In 2015, the Legislature created a Forestry Task Force in the Joint Conservation Committee to explore the impacts of the DCNR State Forest Management Plan; the impacts of invasive forest pests; the relationship between industry and municipalities; and the decline of timber harvesters in the state. PFPA participated on this committee. This report was released in February, 2017.
- PFPA continues to advocate for implementation of the recommendations contained in the Governor's Green Ribbon Task Force on Forest Products, Conservation and Jobs, which was released in October 2016. This document included 15 major policy recommendations on job creation, conservation and workforce development. A summary of these recommendations is listed at the end of these highlights.
- PFPA worked with the Forest Service, DCNR, and Department of Agriculture on expanding timber production on ANF. In June of 2017, legislation was passed that would enable the State of Pennsylvania to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement with the US Forest Service regarding the Allegheny National Forest.
- PFPA continues to represent the industry in Harrisburg, by serving on more than a dozen state agency advisory committees.
- PFPA raised more than $9,250 for the Log a Load for Kids program, which will be distributed to the five Children's Miracle Network hospitals in Pennsylvania.
- PFPA held its Annual Day on the Hill and Legislative Reception in April 18 & 19, 2017. At the legislative reception, 44 PFPA members met with 5 Senators, 45 Representatives, 15 state agency staff personnel and 12 guests from academia and other associations. The following day, 26 members of PFPA made visits to 23 different lawmakers on the hill.
- PFPA and Penn State University co-hosted the biennial Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition on June 9-10, 2017. The Show featured over 90 exhibitors and over 2,100 attendees. State Representative Matt Gabler served as the Grand Marshall of the Log A Load for Kids Truck Parade, which raised an additional $11,500 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
- The PA WoodMobile continues to shine. In October, the WoodMobile spent a week in the inner cities across the state in promotion of the National Forest Products Week. In 2017, the new WoodMobile has participated in 90 events over the course of 136 days in 41 counties, with a total attendance of 86,625. Since the program's inception in 2002 more than 1.65 million participants have visited the Pa WoodMobile, including more than 188,000 students.
- PFPA is working with the DCNR and the Department of Agriculture to address continuing invasive pest issues.
- PFPA continues to work against proposals that would harm its members with additional regulation or taxation.