The Australian Timber Industry Association (ATIA) says the federal government's decision to impose a moratorium on logging on public land will have no impact on the industry.The moratorium is expected to apply from this month.The Association says the industry has been hit hard by the loss of $1.5 billion in federal funding since the Turnbull Government took office, while the Government has committ...
US timber production could be hit by a $5 billion cut under a new proposal by President Donald Trump.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to slash funding for projects in the industry and cut support for those in states that support the industry.
“This proposed budget cuts $2.3 billion from our timber program,” a USDA spokesperson told Vice News.
“We will continue to pursue additional resources for timber industry projects in our budget requests to Congress.”
The agency is looking to slash more than $200 million in funding for existing projects that rely on federal timber funding, which has been reduced to $3.5 billion.
“There are other areas of forestry that are impacted by the proposed budget,” the USDA spokesperson said.
“If Congress does not act, the agency would expect the US timber market to decline by another $6.5 million from the current level of $22.2 billion.”
The USDA will also be reducing support for projects that have been approved by state governments.
“While the number of projects approved by the states will remain relatively constant, the number approved by USDA will decline by $3 billion to $6 billion,” the spokesperson said, citing the Trump administration’s decision to rescind a $1.3bn investment in the Pacific Northwest that was approved by Washington state in late February.
The USDA also has asked Congress to consider cutting funding for the National Forest System, which includes lands in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.
“The National Forest Service has the resources and the expertise to manage and preserve our forestland while also maintaining an efficient and secure access system for logging and recreation on our land,” the agency spokesperson said in a statement.
“However, we must continue to focus on the safety of the American people, and we will continue working to protect our forests and natural resources.”
The US Forest Service is also proposing cuts to other programs, including grants to the states, which could lead to some state governments facing the loss of funding, as well.
The cuts come as the Trump Administration has been struggling to come up with a budget for fiscal 2018, which begins on July 1.
Congress has yet to approve a spending bill that would keep the government funded through the end of the year.