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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R.  22

House resolution authorizing an interim study committee to develop legislation related to forestry

Offered by:  Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Clarkson of Woodstock, Jewett of Ripton, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Browning of Arlington, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Dostis of Waterbury, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Hosford of Waitsfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Otterman of Topsham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Stevens of Shoreham, Winters of Williamstown and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, Vermont is the Green Mountain State, named for its abundant forested mountains, and forests comprise 78 percent of the state’s landscape, and

Whereas, throughout our history, Vermont landowners, foresters, loggers, farmers, and conservationists have worked and invested to make the forest the treasure it is today, and

Whereas, Vermont conservationists George Perkins Marsh and, later, Joseph Battell led the way in promoting the importance of conserving forests as an economic and ecological resource for both current and future generations, and

Whereas, the forests of Vermont provide its citizens and visitors with diverse resources, including timber, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, biodiversity, clean water, and clean air, and are the backdrop of our attraction to tourists, and

Whereas, the science and art of sustainable forestry is the critical element in the long-term conservation of Vermont’s forest ecosystems, and

Whereas, healthy forests support the long-term stewardship of Vermont’s ecology, economy, and rural culture, and

Whereas, sustainably harvested low-quality wood can play an important role in Vermont’s energy future and carbon reduction efforts, and

Whereas, the current use program enables owners of over 1.5 million acres to manage their land as productive and working forests, and 

Whereas, primary forest workers, including forest managers, loggers, truckers and wood mill personnel, are contributing to maintaining Vermont’s forested landscape and to the state’s economic well-being, and

Whereas, the secondary forest-based employment opportunities in the Vermont wood products’ industry are expanding as this industry continues to grow, and

Whereas, a considerable portion of the wood that is harvested from Vermont’s forests will become the raw material for the Vermont-labeled furniture and other wood-based products that are highly valued in the national and international marketplace, and

Whereas, the general assembly is committed to working cooperatively with the executive branch of state government and with Congress and the federal administrative agencies to address issues that are important to the future health of Vermont’s forests, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That a six-member interim house study committee is established to examine critically important forestry issues, including access to capital, the operation of the workers’ compensation system, curbing the parcelization of Vermont land, reviewing the operation of the current use program, modernizing and opening more wood mills, using more low-quality wood for energy production and to reduce carbon emissions, and other topics related to the future of Vermont’s forests, and be it further

Resolved:  That the speaker of the house is authorized to appoint six members of the house of representatives, not all of the same political party, to the committee who shall be entitled to per diem expenses in accordance with the provisions of section 1052 of Title 32, and be it further

Resolved:  That the committee shall be authorized to meet four times during the 2007 interim, and the legislative council and the joint fiscal office shall provide the committee with professional and clerical support, and be it further

Resolved:  That the committee shall prepare its findings and recommendations in the form of legislation to be introduced in the 2008 legislative session. 




____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont