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Forestry a vital part of Farm Bill

June 22, 2006

Americus --  The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a public hearing on a proposed new Farm Bill in Albany Friday. Forest landowners and conservationists are mounting their strength for this meeting, to protect Southern forests.

Georgia contains the largest area of forest cover in the South, 67% of the state is covered by privately owned forested land. Foresters say these trees and habitat are vital for wildlife, water quality, and conservation purposes, and they are urging forest landowners to lobby the Senators tomorrow in Albany.

"The conservation reserve program, which is a tree planting program, is a big component of the farm bill. Prescribed burning, there is money out there for prescribed burning through the farm bill," said District Forester Chad Pritchett.

Timber and forestry is one of the top agriculture crops in Georgia, contributing more than $20 billion to the state economy last year. Private forest landowners are being asked to attend the Farm Bill hearing, which starts at 9:00 AM at Albany State University.

Senator Saxby Chambliss is one of the members of the Agriculture Committee scheduled to attend.


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