By Laura Pickard
Manager, PAC & Grassroots
There are no better advocates for the public policies needed to support a strong future for the sustainable forest products industry than the hard-working men and women of U.S. pulp and paper mills. And, there’s no better audience to hear that message than the Administration, Members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
Last week, 73 members of the Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council (PPRC) – a volunteer grassroots organization made up of the nation’s pulp, paper, solid wood products and other natural resource-based workers – made that match happen during their annual Washington Fly-In. Council members left their families and day jobs to journey to Washington to talk directly with the policy makers and educate them on the issues facing the industry. And what an accomplishment it was!
Over the course of event, they stopped at all 535 offices in the House and Senate and held more than 250 face-to-face meetings to underscore concerns around regulatory reform, carbon neutrality of biomass, endangered species, human health water quality criteria and preserving paper options for consumers. Additionally, they thanked Members of Congress who have joined the Paper and Packaging Caucus and encouraged others to do the same.
At AF&PA, we are honored to work closely with the PPRC and provide materials for their use at meetings and information on upcoming issues and opportunities. But, it’s their knowledge, hard work and dedication that makes the annual Fly-In such an advocacy success.
Congratulations, PPRC, on another great year of making the case for a sustainable forest products industry! We look forward to hosting you again next year!