SHELBY SPEAKS TO FLORIDA DELGATION
Association Executive Vice President Alan Shelby participated in a panel discussion hosted by Florida's congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., last week.
Among other items of note, he shared the impact that Hurricane Michael has had on the forest industry in the Panhandle and the need for immediate relief. He explained that with the equivalent of 2.5 million log trucks' worth of wood on the ground as a result of the hurricane, debris management is a serious issue for both reforestation efforts and the mitigation of increased wildfire threats.
He also stressed that local economies depend on the forest industry. Reforestation is needed to ensure the future sustainability of the consuming mills, the local economies and their way of life.
In addition, he discussed the negative impacts the Chinese retaliatory tariffs are having on forestry exports in the Southeast and noted that the tariffs should be removed.
Fellow panelists were Ag Commissioner Nicki Fried, Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick and Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner.