The USDA, the federal agency that oversees forest policy, is asking for comments until April 29th on its plans pursuant to President Biden’s Executive Orders on Climate Change and Environmental Justice. The USDA needs to hear from you!

For too long, the USDA’s support of policies and funding favorable to the forestry industry has created a sacrifice zone in the Southeastern US. Our forests and communities have borne the brunt of our nation’s unsustainable wood consumption. The recent expansion of the wood pellet industry in environmental justice communities is the latest example.

This is a key opportunity to advance the Southern Communities for a Green New Deal platform and demand a just transition to a forest economy that leaves our forests standing while creating healthy jobs for rural communities.

It’s time to demand sustainable investments in our rural south!

What you can do:

  1. Send your comments directly to the USDA by April 29 at Request for Comments: Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

  2. Sign on to Dogwood Alliance’s comments by April 27: Sign-on to comments to USDA
    Dogwood’s detailed comments are here. Find more information, including background and talking points, at The USDA Needs to Hear From You!