Am I the only one who finds it ironic that Congress has to clarify that a “forest product” includes: “pulp, paper, paperboard, pellets, and wood products; and any recycled products derived from forest materials.”

Two amendments currently in Congressional committees — H.R. 5873 – the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012 and S. 2346 – Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012 — are seeking to amend the Farm Act and expand the definition of a biobased material to include a wider base of products derived from trees.

Only with passage of these bills can a greater number of wood and related products qualify as “biobased” and thus be eligible for federal procurement preference.

Contact your legislator and voice your support for this well-needed amendment.

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