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Working Lands Key to Affordable Energy and Climate Bill, Coalition Tells Lawmakers
Date:4/15/2010

climate benefits, the conversion of productive, privately owned forests threatens the forest-related industries that funnel more than $100 billion dollars into the U.S. economy. Conserving the land infrastructure that supports this vital sector has the added benefit of sustaining and creating new jobs, Wayburn added.

"The data is clear. Investment in forest conservation and stewardship can be a powerful stimulus for economic recovery and jobs," Wayburn said, citing a 2007 study by the University of Massachusetts' PERI Institute that found investment in forest conservation and restoration yields the most jobs per dollar invested of any industry studied - including renewables and conventional energy sources like oil and nuclear.

To read the full text of the Coalition’s letter to Senators Kerry, Graham and Lieberman, visit: http://www.pacificforest.org/policy/coalitionletter.html.

For more information or to arrange interviews with Laurie Wayburn, Gary Hendrix, Wade Mosby or other coalition members, contact Chris Harrison, PFT Communications Director, at 415-320-3813 or e-mail charrison(at)pacificforest(dot)org.

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