Alaska Forest Association Members Overwhelmingly Support the Congressman for All Alaska
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Forest Association (AFA) today announced that its Board of Directors has voted to endorse Congressman Don Young in his reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. The endorsement highlights Young’s continuous fight – as a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee – for the interests of the working men and women in the Alaska forest industry.
“Congressman Young has always been a champion for Alaskans. We can always count on him to fight hard to protect and create jobs in the woods and mills in Alaska. He is fighting now to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from instituting an ill-advised, major change in timber management in Southeast Alaska which could lead to the closure of the only remaining midsized mill in the State,” said Bert Burkhart, President of AFA.
“And he has long supported the AFA’s legislation to establish a State Forest managed and owned by the State of Alaska. Don believes this is the only way to save the remaining industry and promote a recovery of the forest jobs in the State,” said Owen Graham, Executive Director of the AFA.
Congressman Young is leading the fight in Congress to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from changing timber management policy to a young growth system, which is entirely unworkable in Alaska. Congressman Young has also introduced the State National Forest Act – originally proposed by AFA – to streamline timber production and empower states to improve forest management practices. Young is often recognized as one of Congress’ leading timber advocates, known for protecting Alaska’s forest industry and the communities and jobs it supports.
The Alaska Forest Association is the state’s oldest organization supporting and promoting timber harvest and management. The AFA mission statement commits the resources of the Association to advancing the restoration, promotion and maintenance of a healthy, viable forest products industry, contributing to economic and ecological health in Alaska’s forests and communities. The Association was formed in 1956 and represents 75 members and associate members belonging to over 50 affiliated companies statewide.
Congressman Young recently participated in a candidate forum co-hosted by AFA. Click here for more information.