July 20, 2021 – The Forest Resources Association (FRA) appreciates the leadership of USDA Secretary Vilsack in his support of providing critical financial relief to timber harvesters and timber haulers. “Through no fault of their own, many logging businesses suffered financial losses due to mill closures brought about by the pandemic,” said Deb Hawkinson, FRA President. “The $200 million of financial assistance provided in legislation passed in December of last year will assist those businesses harmed the most to remain viable as markets improve.”
FRA also would like to thank the Farm Service Agency and Forest Service, and the many legislators who kept FRA members updated during the development of a new program that will provide financial assistance. “The forest products sector supply chain is interconnected, from the forests that sequester and store carbon, to the landowners who sustainably manage their forest lands, the loggers who harvest the timber, and the manufacturers of wood and paper products. To keep our forest healthy and productive, it is critical that the entire wood supply chain remains viable. The financial assistance provided through the USDA will help maintain an efficient wood supply chain”, added Hawkinson.
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) represents the interests of nearly 320 organizations and businesses in the forest products industry. Members include forest landowners, suppliers, consuming mills, associated businesses, and state forestry associations. FRA has member representation in 49 states and 377 Congressional Districts.