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STATE OF ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 472
By Representative Layson
ADOPTED MAY 13, 1999
RECOGNIZING THE ALABAMA FORESTRY PRODUCTS INDUSTRY FOR IMPLEMENTING THE SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE.
WHEREAS, the citizens of Alabama have always taken great pride in our state’s bountiful natural forest resources, and have promoted responsible stewardship of these God-given assets as essential to their preservation for future generations; and
WHEREAS, the Alabama forest products industry has been a leader in fostering responsible land use and has formally committed itself to the continuing principles of sustainable forestry by launching the Sustainable Forestry Initiativeto promote, educate, train, and monitor its adherence to such principles; and
WHEREAS, a vital component of the State of Alabama economy, the forest products industry employs 170,000 persons with an annual payroll of over $4 billion, constituting the largest payroll of any state industrial sector, and produces more than $13 billion yearly in products, making it the state’s industry leader; and
WHEREAS, the vital importance of the industry underscores the necessity for intelligent management of the state’s 22 million acres of forest land; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we hereby recognize the Alabama forest products industry for its commitment to the responsible use and preservation of our natural resources and commend its implementation of the Sustainable Forestry InitiativeSM as a means to this end.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be provided to the Alabama forest products industry as a token of our appreciation and esteem.