WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) offered the following comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules on the Maximum Achievable Control Technology for Industrial Boilers (Boiler MACT):
Private U.S. forests, which comprise 57% of all forests in the U.S., support over 2.5 million jobs and $87 billion in payroll. Private forests rely on vibrant forest product markets to sustain these jobs and remain economically viable as forests. Without a strong U.S. manufacturing base to support private, working forests, forest owners are less able to invest in needed management, and many face increasing pressure to convert their forestlands to more economically competitive non-forest uses. The result is fewer working forests and fewer well-paying jobs in rural America.
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