Federal Deficit Impacts Wood Supply, Says Rey

Posted: 05/10/2013 10:06AM


Currently affiliated with The Livingston Group, Mark E. Rey served for eight years as the nation’s Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). click image to zoom

As Under Secretary, Rey oversaw the programs for the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Serving on Capitol Hill for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, he was responsible for drafting legislation and organizing more than 100 legislative and oversight hearings.

Timber Products Company recently caught up with Rey to talk about the state of the nation’s forests. Here is the first of five questions we asked him regarding the U.S. forests. Check back with Panel Talk to see additional questions.  

Timber Products: What are the biggest issues facing managers of our federal forest resources?

Rey: For once the single, biggest issue facing federal forest managers is not unique to the national forests. It is the same issue facing all federal agencies. That issue is the rising federal deficit, and what the President and the Congress are going to do about it. Every federal agency is at this moment living in a state of suspended animation, waiting to see what will happen with entitlement reform, tax reform, domestic spending, and defense spending. The decisions made within the next 90 days will determine whether federal forest managers will be able to make investments in federal resource management. No other issue is currently of comparable importance.


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