August 4, 2010
Dear Senator Wyden,
The undersigned forest and conservation organizations are writing to express our support for your amendment to the Home Star Energy Retrofit provisions in the Senate energy bill. This amendment will encourage the use of energy efficient wood products in home retrofits.
Wood products are one of the most environmentally friendly building materials, especially when compared with other materials like steel and concrete. Using wood for construction results in reduced energy use while also reducing carbon emissions and pollution. In particular, studies have shown that wood-constructed homes use as much as 17% less energy than alternative construction materials such as steel and concrete.
By encouraging the use of wood, the amendment will help homeowners reduce their energy use in their home retrofits, while also helping sustain family-wage jobs and economies in rural, forested communities.
The U.S. forest products industry has been hit hard with the downturn in the economy and the housing market slump. This impacts families and communities, who suffer with layoffs and mill closures, as well as forest owners who have limited markets for their wood products. Without these markets, forest owners find it extremely difficult to stay on the land and keep their land as a working forest so they can continue to provide the clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and other values and benefits we all need and enjoy.
The improvements to the Home Star Program in your amendment will help revive markets for forest owners and help create and sustain jobs in rural communities.
Adoption of this amendment would be a win for rural America, our energy security, and our environment.
Thank you for your leadership on this important issue.
American Forest & Paper Association
American Forest Foundation
American Forest Resource Council
American Loggers Council
American Wood Council
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.
Bibler Lumber Company
Binational Softwood Lumber Council
Black Hills Forest Resource Association
Colorado Timber Industry Association
Empire State Forest Products Association
Family Forest Foundation
Florida Forestry Association
Forest Landowners Association
Forest Landowners of California
Forest Landowners Tax Council
Forest Resources Association
Green Diamond Resource Company
H.W. Culp Lumber Company, Inc.
Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association
Idaho Forest Group
Intermountain Forest Association
Kentucky Forest Industries Association
Louisiana Forestry Association
Lumbermen's Association of Texas and Louisiana
Maine Forest Service
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.
National Association of Forest Retirees
National Association of State Foresters
National Association of University Forest Resource Programs
National Hardwood Lumber Association
National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association
National Wood Flooring Association
National Woodland Owners Association
Northeastern Loggers Association
Ohio Forestry Association
Oregon Small Woodlands Association
Sierra Pacific Industries
Simpson Lumber Company
Small Woodlands Association of Maine
Society of American Foresters
Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
The Westervelt Company
Treated Wood Council
Virginia Forestry Association
Washington Farm Forestry Association
Washington Forest Protection Association
Western Hardwood Association