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Sustainable Forestry Initiative
State Government Support


Introduced by Representative Mark L. Lytle

Adopted by voice vote on April 3, 1997, during the First session of the 110th General Assembly

A HOUSE RESOLUTION recognizing Indiana’s forest products industry and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

WHEREAS, Indiana has a rich natural bounty of more than 4.2 million acres of total timberland;

WHEREAS, Through the generations, Indiana’s forest products has grown to employ over 45,000 workers with a payroll of $1.1 billion in over 750 lumber and wood mills and business facilities throughout Indiana;

WHEREAS, This vast forest resource has been a staple component of this nation’s and this state’s economy since the founding of America and has sustained businesses, families and entire rural communities;

WHEREAS, The Indiana forest products industry, in recognition of its stewardship responsibilities in nurturing the forest resource, has committed itself to the continuing principles of sustainable forestry by initiating the Sustainable Forestry Initiative to promote, educate, train and monitor adherence to sustaining the forest resource of future generations; and

WHEREAS, The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is based on the responsible environmental stewardship of the forests, water resources, and wildlife;

THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana;

SECTION 1. That the Indiana House of Representatives commend Indiana’s forest products industry for its history of care and commitment to the responsible use of resources.

SECTION 2. That the Indiana House of Representatives recognize the development of Sustainable Forestry InitiativeSM, which has educated landowners, foresters and loggers about the sustainability of Indiana’s forests.

SECTION 3. That the Indiana House of Representatives endorse the Sustainable Forestry InitiativeSM and its self-regulatory objectives of increasing knowledge, professionalism and stewardship that will foster the sustainability of Indiana’s forests.

SECTION 4. That the Indiana House of Representatives request that the public, forest landowners and resource agencies embrace and support the objectives of the Sustainable Forestry InitiativeSM in Indiana.

SECTION 5. That the Principle Clerk of the House of Representatives is directed to transmit to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources a copy of this Resolution.

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