2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
May 8, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Krug, Shankland, Ballweg,
Considine, Duchow, Edming, Felzkowski, Fields, Murphy, Mursau, Petryk,
Rohrkaste, Spreitzer, Spiros, Stafsholt, Steineke, Stuck, Thiesfeldt,
Tranel and Tusler, cosponsored by Senators Tiffany, Bewley, Cowles,
Hansen, Jacque, Larson, LeMahieu, Petrowski, Roth, Schachtner, L.
and Testin. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR39,1,2 1Relating to: proclaiming May 2019 as Paper and Forestry Products Month in
AJR39,1,63 Whereas, trees and Wisconsin's sustainable well-managed forests, both
4private and public, are the backbone supporting Wisconsin's valued way of life and
5the basis for the social, economic, and ecological well-being of Wisconsinites and the
6forest products industry; and
AJR39,1,107 Whereas, Wisconsin's lumber and wood products industry predates the state
8and papermaking began in 1848, three months before Wisconsin became a state, and
9paper manufacturing has been a cornerstone of the state's economy for more than
10165 years, leading the nation in paper manufacturing for more than 60 years; and
AJR39,1,1411 Whereas, the logging, papermaking, and printing industries significantly
12contribute to Wisconsin's economic health and well-being by employing more than
13106,000 women and men in family-supporting jobs whose annual income exceeds
14$6.4 billion; and
1Whereas, the paper and forest products industries contribute an estimated
2$238 million in state and local taxes; and
AJR39,2,43 Whereas, Wisconsin produces a greater diversity of paper and wood products
4than any other state in the Union; and
AJR39,2,105 Whereas, as 2019 has been declared by Governor Tony Evers as “The Year of
6Clean Drinking Water” and Speaker Robin Vos has established a “Water Quality
7Task Force,” Approximately two-thirds of the nation's freshwater resources
8originate on forested lands, both public and private. Some 180 million people in over
968,000 communities rely on these forested lands to capture and filter their drinking
10water; and
AJR39,2,1411 Whereas, thanks to sustainable forestry practices, Wisconsin forests are
12growing one and a half times more timber than is being harvested each year and
13there are more trees in forests throughout the United States than there were 100
14years ago; and
AJR39,2,1615 Whereas, the paper, pulp, forestry, and printing industries are sustainable,
16environmentally-conscious and are a major driver of Wisconsin's economy; and
AJR39,2,2117 Whereas, Wisconsin's nearly 17 million acres of forest lands and its millions of
18urban trees significantly enhance the quality of life in our great state, contribute to
19water quality, support and enhance soil quality, provide habitat and sustenance for
20terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna, and offer four-season recreational and
21aesthetic opportunities to residents and visitors of all ages; now, therefore, be it
AJR39,2,24 22Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
23Wisconsin State Legislature proclaim May 2019 as Paper and Forestry Products
24Month in Wisconsin and commend this observance to all citizens; and, be it further
1Resolved, That the legislature calls upon our citizens to learn more about the
2important role the paper, forestry, and printing product sectors play in our economy
3and the environment; and, be it further
AJR39,3,13 4Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
5resolution to the Council on Forestry, the Wisconsin Paper Discovery Center, the
6Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at the College of Natural Resources
7at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Wisconsin River Papermaking
8Museum, the Wisconsin Paper Council, Centergy, the Great Lakes Timber
9Professionals Association, the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Trees for
10Tomorrow, Quad/Graphics, WMC, the Wood Industry Collaborative, the Wisconsin
11County Forests Association, Wisconsin Woodland Owners, Wisconsin River
12Papermaking Museum, Federal Sustainable Forestry Committee, and the Lake
13States Lumber Association.
AJR39,3,1414 (End)