Causer Bill to Support Hardwoods Forestry Industry Now Law
HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer’s (R-Turtlepoint) legislation to support the state’s forestry industry has been signed into law. Act 14 of 2021 will expand membership on the state’s Hardwoods Development Council.
“For more than three decades, the Hardwoods Development Council has helped our forestry evolve and grow,” Causer said. “Expanding representation on the council to include additional industry representatives will only enhance the council’s ability to develop and advocate for this important segment of our agriculture industry.”
The new law calls for adding a logger and a private-sector forester to the council. It also adds the secretary of the state Department of Education and replaces one representative of the now-defunct Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing Association with a member of the PA Forest Products Association.
Finally, it specifically designates one seat on the council for the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG), the oldest HUG in the state.
The Hardwoods Development Council was created by law in 1988. It works with state and local governments and other entities to promote access to timber resources on private and public land. It helps promote and expand the development, processing and manufacturing of value-added forest products, as well as supports and assists the forest products industry in developing domestic and foreign markets for value-added products. It also promotes public knowledge of the industry through the WoodMobile and other initiatives. The law takes effect immediately.