Monday, February 9, 2015
Paper, Wood Product Industry encouraged by FIA funding, which increased in president budget. The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) today recognized the proposed increase for funding the U.S Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) program, from $70 million to $83 million in the president’s proposed budget, is a step in the right direction for developing and maintaining accurate inventories of the nation’s forests in the face of increasing pressure.
“Adequately funding the FIA program will allow policymakers to accurately assess forest carbon stocks and provide the foundation for analyses that are essential to maintaining a viable forest products industry and the good-paying jobs it provides,” said Donna Harman, President and CEO of AF&PA.
The FIA program gather consistent data about the area and condition of forests in U.S. and provides information on changes in forest cover and composition by monitoring plots across the nation. The program also gathers current estimates and trend in forest land ownership and use, as well as information on wood consuming facilities.