December 13, 2016



Area Meetings are a Success
Well, another season of Area Meetings are under our collective belts and we can safely say they were successful—lots of door-prizes and lots of participants and lots of officials. In all, we had over 300 who attended all six meetings and they heard from 25 elected officials in total. We are especially thankful for those of you who worked so hard to help arrange and fund these events. A special thanks, of course, to our Area Chairs: Gene Shutler, Greg Tucker, Mark Harper, Rudean Reynolds, Dan Parker, and Dan Abston.

Water Regulation
The deadline has passed for challenges to the determination by EPA against further regulation of forest roads under the Clean Water Act (CWA). WVFA is pleased EPA exercised its broad discretion under the CWA by keeping management of water quality programs at the local level through state Best Management Practices (BMPs); i.e., in WV, the Logging Sediment Control Act. BMPs and the LSCA are proven tools for protecting the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams while taking into account the diversity of forest landscapes.
Timber harvesting will not require additional stormwater regulation. In 2014, Congress included in the final Farm Bill a provision that forest roads and forest management continue to be regulated through state BMPs under the CWA. The action ended litigation that began in an Oregon district court in 2006. Congress did not address EPA’s authority to adopt a regulatory program for stormwater discharges but saw no need for regulatory action. 

Manufactures Association [& WVFA] Promotes Jobs
Charleston Gazette: About 20 years ago, an organization called the Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) led an effort to prevent construction of a $1 billion pulp mill in West Virginia. The pulp plant had not committed to using union labor for construction, and the ACT developed and funded a campaign to have the state deny the facility a wastewater discharge permit.
While the permit was finally approved after lengthy appeals, the pulp mill was never built. Ultimately, the pulp mill didn’t get built anywhere, as financial markets changed after repeated delays. But who knows how many jobs might have been created and still be here if the project developer had been greeted with a welcoming climate in West Virginia and invested a billion dollars. This is one example of the often small window of opportunity to attract investment and development and shows why we must act fast and furious to attract business to our state.

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Make Plans to Attend AB Brooks Symposium

Farm & Foresty Day at the Capitol: February 28

A.B. Brooks Symposium (at Charleston Marriott): March 1

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