During National Forest Products Week, we give thanks for the beauty of our forests and the riches they provide: from the wood in our homes and the paper we print to the medicines we take, the water we drink and the the air we breathe. We recommit this week to the sustainable stewardship and management of our forests – not only keeping our forests beautiful for recreation or sacred tribal ceremonies, but also safeguarding key economic resources, supporting millions jobs and help alleviate the climate crisis.
The United States is the world’s largest producer of forest products, and every day American foresters, loggers, factory workers, carpenters, scientists, restoration specialists, outdoor recreation workers and others depend on forests for their livelihood. But across America and the world, forests are under threat. Wildfires are increasingly frequent and ferocious, supercharged by the climate crisis and decades of poor forest management. Globally, illegal deforestation is devastating habitats and hampering the vital role of forests in maintaining biodiversity, filtering water and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, slowing our fight against climate change. climate change.
My administration is committed to conserving, restoring and revitalizing forests at home and abroad to preserve our environment and protect an important pillar of our economy. We have taken the most aggressive climate action in American history, including new investments in forest health and resilience and fire prevention. The historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the Cut Inflation Act put Americans to work fighting wildfires, protecting mature and old-growth forests on federal lands while planting more than a billion new trees. We are also committed to working with global partners to fight deforestation and crack down on the trafficking of illegally logged timber. I signed an executive order to protect forests at home too, partnering with tribal nations, local governments and nonprofits to boost conservation and create jobs. The ordinance specifically recognizes the importance of Indigenous knowledge, practices and tribal treaty rights in forest management. I have used my authority under the Antiquities Act to restore protection to some of our most treasured national monuments, including places sacred to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial.
Meanwhile, innovations in sustainable wood manufacturing are creating well-paying union jobs on construction sites across the country. To continue these gains, my administration has awarded Forest Service Wood Innovations and Community Wood grants across the country. These market-based actions, along with other federal and local efforts to conserve and restore forests nationwide, will bring us closer to our “America the Beautiful” goal of voluntarily conserving at least 30% of our land and our waters by 2030 while supporting hardworking American families.
To recognize the importance of the many products generated by our nation’s forests, Congress, by Public Law 86-753 (36 U.S.C. 123), as amended, designated the week beginning on the third Sunday in October each year. as “National Forest Products Week” and authorized and directed the President to issue a proclamation on the occasion of this week. In honor of this year’s National Forest Products Week, my administration will continue to work on the lands public, tribal, and private to conserve America’s forests and protect the vital resources they provide.Together, we can strengthen our economy and pass on a healthier planet to our children and grandchildren.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the period from October 16 to October 22, 2022, as National Forest Products Week. I call on the people of the United States to join me in this celebration and recognize all Americans who are responsible for the stewardship of our nation’s beautiful forest landscapes.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have signed this
fourteen October of the year of grace two thousand twenty-two, and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seven.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.