Lumber from Federal Timberlands to Increase 30%
Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen told Congress the U.S. Forest Service anticipates it will harvest more trees in 2018 than in the past 20 years.
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, she stated, “Our anticipated level of timber harvest in fiscal 2018 is the highest it’s been in 20 years. In all, this year the Forest Service plans to sell 3.4 billion board feet of timber while improving the resiliency and health of more than 3 million acres of National Forest System lands through removal of hazardous fuels and stand treatments.” The major reason cited for the nearly 30 percent increase over 2017 is due to expanded forest management authority granted through the 2018 omnibus spending bill passed last December.
Click on the video below to view the full testimony.