A Win for Market-Based Conservation

October 16, 2020
Weekly Columns

If you’ve ever spent any time with me, you’ll know that I’m passionate about sound environmental policy. As a licensed forester and lifelong resident of the Natural State, I believe we have an unchosen obligation to steward our resources well and leave the world in better condition than we found it. Part of this responsibility means caring for forests, the backbone of our clean air, clean water and thriving wildlife habitats. This is why I introduced the Trillion Trees Act in the House of Representatives last year, which would both plant 1 trillion trees globally by 2050 and incentivize the use of wood products as a renewable resource.

On Oct. 13, President Donald Trump delivered a big win to this project by establishing the United States interagency council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. This council will work with state, local and federal agencies to implement the Trillion Trees Initiative and sound forestry practices. We need this cooperation across different branches of government to put us all on the same team.

Environmental issues have become deeply political and divided, but they don’t need to be. Conservatives are the party of conservation, and we can used market-based ideas like the Trillion Trees Act to create achievable, immediate wins for our natural resources. I’m proud to represent a state with a thriving forest products industry, and I hope we can continue being an example for the rest of the country on how to manage our resources in a way that simultaneously boosts the economy and allows them to flourish for generations to come.