Federal Legislative

Texas Forestry Asso­ci­a­tion signs on to leg­isla­tive actions by nation­al forestry part­ners based on TFA’s posi­tion state­ments (link to posi­tion state­ments) on issues relat­ed to forestry prac­tices. Some recent efforts include:

  • https://​agril​ife​.org/​t​e​x​a​sagla…
  • Sack­ett, et ux vs. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, et al. – The Supreme Court of the Unit­ed States (SCO­TUS) deci­sion pub­lished in May 023 was 9 to 0 in favor of pri­vate prop­er­ty rights. TFA active­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed with landown­er advo­ca­cy groups and even assist­ed in fund­ing an ami­cus brief in sup­port of the Sack­etts. This is a huge advo­ca­cy win for pri­vate prop­er­ty rights
  • Forests in the Farm Bill Coali­tion – TFA sup­ports the efforts of the Nation­al Alliance of For­est Own­ers and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Forests in the Farm Bill Coali­tion. In May 2023, TFA endorsed their rec­om­men­da­tions to pri­or­i­tize the ben­e­fits of pri­vate work­ing forests, advance for­est prod­uct inno­va­tions such as mass tim­ber, and fos­ter cross-bound­ary col­lab­o­ra­tion in address­ing wildfires.
  • Trans­porta­tion Reau­tho­riza­tion Bill – In 2015, TFA cam­paigned in sup­port of the inclu­sion of lan­guage in the Trans­porta­tion Reau­tho­riza­tion Bill that allowed the state weight lim­its to be hon­ored once US 59 is des­ig­nat­ed I‑69. Work­ing with Sen­a­tor Cornyn and Con­gress­man Babin, this leg­isla­tive helped pro­tect jobs in East Texas by main­tain­ing a com­pet­i­tive eco­nom­ic cli­mate through­out the region.