Forest Owners Praise Senate Ag Committee's Approval of Pesticide Legislation

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The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill that affirms the EPA's long-standing pesticide regulation for forestry and agriculture.

The system in place is a national success story for improving water quality.

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. The legislation affirms that pesticide application for activities such as forest management, crop protection, and public health is effectively regulated through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and does not require a duplicative NPDES permit. The House approved the bill in March with over 2/3rds voting in support.

David P. Tenny, President and CEO of NAFO, said:

The members of the Agriculture Committee took positive action today to protect the environment and human health while ensuring America's agriculture and forestry sectors remain the most productive and sustainable in the world.

The legislation simply affirms that FIFRA effectively regulates pesticide application and the EPA’s treatment of forestry under the Clean Water Act for the past four decades. The system in place is a national success story for improving water quality and should not be changed because of judicial forum-shopping by opponents to sustainable forestry. Duplicative permitting and regulatory requirements will further erode the economic viability of forests – forcing many into more economic, non-forest uses.

Now, the full Senate must act quickly to enact H.R. 872 before the court-ordered deadline of October 31, 2011 for EPA to establish the redundant NPDES permit program.

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) urged support of H.R. 872 in a statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Regulation, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs.

To learn more about the framework of laws, regulations, and agreements that regulate private forestry in the United States, visit

NAFO is an organization of private forest owners committed to advancing federal policies that promote the economic and environmental benefits of privately-owned forests at the national level. NAFO membership encompasses more than 80 million acres of private forestland in 47 states. Private, working forests in the U.S. support 2.5 million jobs. To see the full economic impact of America’s working forests, visit


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