– Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, has invited members of the committee and other area lawmakers to an informational meeting to discuss issues related to the state’s forest products industry.
“Our forest products industry doesn’t always get the attention or recognition it deserves for the role it plays in our local and statewide economies,” Causer said. “My goal in hosting this meeting is to help my fellow lawmakers learn more about this important aspect of our state’s agriculture industry and to hear from industry leaders about concerns that need to be addressed.”
Among those scheduled to participate in the meeting are state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding; John Norbeck, deputy secretary for parks and forestry within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR); Wayne Bender, executive director of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council; Sue Swanson, executive director of the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group; David Gustafson, chief of the forestry division of the Pennsylvania Game Commission; Sherry Tune, forest supervisor for the Allegheny National Forest; Dr. Richard Roush, dean of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences; Paul Lyskava, executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association; Tom Kase, land manager for Collins Hardwood; and Ken Kane, president of Generations Forestry Inc.
According to the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, Pennsylvania is the largest producer of hardwoods in the country, accounting for 10 percent of the total hardwood output in the United States. Revenue from the industry exceeds $5.5 billion annually, and approximately 90,000 people make a livelihood in forest products.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the University Room of the Frame Westerburg Commons, 300 Campus Drive
Representative Martin T. Causer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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