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Westerman Statement on Certification Update to LEED Program

HOT SPRINGS – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Green Building Council’s inclusion of wood products from forests certified by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program:

“It is welcome news that USGBC has now recognized the leading roles that American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) have played in responsible and sustainable forestry management for decades,” Westerman said. “Encouraging more environmentally friendly wood use in buildings from a broader domestic production area is not only a win for consumers, builders, and forest products producers, but it’s a win for nature and the outdoors. Part of the solution for restoring resiliency to our U.S. forests is to find more markets for forest products to encourage sound forest management which will in turn reduce wildfires. Healthy and resilient forests translate into cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity, better wildlife habitat, a better economy, and fewer tax dollars going to fight wildfires.”

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