Bruce Westerman

10/14/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2020 14:24

What They Are Saying: Trillion Trees Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order establishing the United States interagency council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. In Congress, 36 members have cosponsored U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman's (R-Ark.) Trillion Trees Act, which would codify the executive order and implement sound forest management practices in the U.S.

'I strongly support the Trillion Trees Initiative, and this Executive Order from President Trump solidifies the U.S. commitment to healthier forests and cleaner air. As we work in Congress to promote active, responsible management of our public lands and working forests through legislation like Rep. Westerman's Trillion Trees Act, I look forward to collaborating with the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council, conserving our precious natural resources, and promoting the world's most recognized carbon sequestration method: planting more trees.'- U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)

'I applaud President Trump for creating the United States Interagency Council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. Climate change is real and one important solution we should be focused on is right in our backyards. Right now in Georgia, we are working every day to make a significant impact on bringing down carbon emissions. According to the Georgia Forestry Association, Georgia is the number one forestry state in the nation. Our state is number one in commercially available timberland, number one in annual timber harvest volume, the number one exporter of pulp and paper products, the number one exporter of wood fuel, and the number one exporter of wood pellets. The State of Georgia and the Georgians who work on forestland are the lungs of our nation and I am glad the Initiative will be working to expand this work to make our air cleaner and world greener.' - U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.)

'President Trump's executive order confirms what the early pioneers of Nebraska knew almost 100 years ago when they planted one million trees; that trees are vital to our environment because they help with water conservation, reverse the impacts of land degradation, and provide energy. Now studies are showing how trees can help reduce excess carbon by storing it. In fact, it is estimated that planting half a trillion trees could reduce atmospheric carbon by approximately 25 percent.' - U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)

'Wildfires, as we have been tragically reminded this summer, pose a large threat to Oregon's communities and forests. I've often said that when fires do occur we should get in and remove the burned, dead trees and replant our forests for future generations. That's why I was proud to join Congressman Bruce Westerman and Leader Kevin McCarthy earlier this year to introduce the One Trillion Trees Act. We know that trees excel at carbon capture and sequestration. Research out of Switzerland has shown that planting one trillion trees across the world could sequester at least the last decade's worth of carbon emissions, potentially more. President Trump's Executive Order establishing the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council advances these efforts and is good news for our forests and the environment.' - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

'Strong and healthy forests protect communities from wildfire, reduce carbon emissions, provide critical habitat and provide for great outdoor recreation opportunities. The announcement of a Trillion Trees federal council by President Trump illustrates his commitment to ensuring our federal forests are healthy and resilient. Congress now must act to pass comprehensive forestry reforms, like the Trillion Trees Act, to make sure that our forests are healthy for generations to come not just to protect our communities but to improve our nation and the world.' - U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)

'Grateful to President Trump for taking action on this important initiative for carbon sequestration. It is true that the most advanced carbon capture is in our backyards, and participating in this sensible solution will improve and preserve our environment, and be powerful for the economy and American forestry.' - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

'I'm an original cosponsor of the Trillion Trees Act, so it's great to know Congress has the support of President Trump and his administration in this effort. We all recognize the importance of taking care of our environment, but we need responsible federal action that encourages private-sector solutions not burdensome regulations, and establishing the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council is an important step forward.' - U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.)

'Trees can help solve the challenge of carbon pollution while lending great beauty to the places we live, work, and visit. Planting a trillion trees worldwide is a straightforward, practical way to benefit our environment, which is why I cosponsored Congressman Westerman's Trillion Trees Act. I applaud President Trump's executive order advancing the Trillion Trees Initiative as another step toward this important goal.' - U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.)

'Colleagues from both sides of the aisle are lending their support to the Trillion Trees Act, demonstrating its tremendous potential to combat our changing climate, conserve our natural resources, and facilitate growth in environments nationwide. In Ohio's 15th District alone, the President's executive order will make a difference for the Wayne National Forest, and a number of state parks including the Lake Alma State Park, Hocking Hills, and Old Man's Cave. These forests and woodlands produce recreational opportunities for every family, and putting these resources to work in the effort to remove carbon from our atmosphere will deliver positive economic and social benefits for generations to come.'- U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

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