Protecting Our Forests
Implementing beneficial conservation practices in our great forests is very important to me. Not only do forests provide spaces for outdoor recreation and tourism, they also create thousands of jobs and a variety of economic opportunities. I believe that in Pennsylvania, once known as “Penn’s Woods” for its lush and beautiful forests, we have an opportunity to strengthen and develop our forestry conservation programs. That is why I sent a letter to Chief Dave White of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today regarding forest conservation in Pennsylvania. In this letter, I highlighted a few ideas aimed at making participation in forestry conservation programs easier for Pennsylvanians. By enhancing its collaboration with the State forestry agency staff and through streamlining its technical service provider (TSP) certification process, NRCS can increase Pennsylvanians’ access to forestry expertise. As the 2012 Farm Bill process moves forward, I will continue to keep the interests of Pennsylvanian foresters in mind.