11.05.15

Senator David Perdue Introduces Georgia Forestry Leader In Agriculture Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today discussed the impact Washington’s bureaucratic policies have on wildfires and forest management. Senator Perdue introduced one of the hearing witnesses, Ken Stewart from Marietta, Georgia. Stewart currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation and testified about the consequences of wildfires for family forest landowners.

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“Georgia has more privately owned commercially available timberland than any state in the country,” said Senator Perdue. “Washington should draw on the wealth of knowledge from our forestry leaders like Ken Stewart, along with the experiences of family forest landowners in the field. Their voices and concerns are critical as we discuss the importance of keeping our forests safe.”

“Wildfires, especially the catastrophic wildfires we’ve seen of late in the West, cause devastation to homes and lives and communities, wildlife and fish, and air quality,” said Ken Stewart. “The solution must address both the rising costs of wildfire fighting that leads to continuous shrinking of other programs and the disruptive practice of fire borrowing.”

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