Happy Monday! While you adjust to daylight savings time, here are a few things that can help keep you informed about forestry investments in Georgia.
👨🌾 Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (D-02) was appointed to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, joining his fellow Georgia Congressmen David Scott (D-13) and Austin Scott (R-08). bishop.house.gov
- Bishop will remain on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture as the most senior Democrat, after stepping down from his post as Chairman following the Republican takeover in the House.
🌧️ The U.S. House voted to overturn WOTUS regulations, with Congressman Bishop and nine other Democrats joining House Republicans on the measure. apnews.com
- Agriculture and forestry organizations have long advocated against the regulatory overreach of the WOTUS rule, which dates back to the Obama Administration and is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court. Learn more about the history and status of WOTUS at fb.org.
🌲 Dawn of the timber revolution? We hope so. The Wood Products Council estimates that a total of 1,677 mass-timber projects have been built, or are in the process of being designed. dezeen.com
🚢 The Southern Group of State Foresters issued a letter to the USDA, aimed at supporting changes to export policies. In 2022, “phytosanitary” restrictions imposed by the Chinese Government had a devastating impact on southern forest products exports. Learn more
📰 A Pactiv Evergreen mill in Canton, North Carolina closed this week, delivering a devastating blow to the small town’s economy with the loss of 900 jobs and likely $500 million in economic impact. wlos.comma