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Concern for future of Pineville Forestry Research Center after unit moves

August 10, 2018
In The News

There’s concern over Pineville’s Forest Research Station after the U.S. Forest Service decided to move one of the research units to Alabama.

"We are a little selfish that we like to see it close to home," said Buck Vandersteen, Executive Director with the Louisiana Forestry Association. "We were surprised, really surprised and disappointed."

Vandersteen heads the Louisiana Forestry Association, a nonprofit that aids those involved in the forestry industry in the area. Even though there are several research units left in Pineville, he is concerned about losing the wood utilization unit could be a telltale sign of things to come.

“The number of scientists get less and less and less that eventually you get to the point where there is no one left standing," said Vandersteen.

So to prevent that from happening, the forestry association reached out to those with the power of the purse: Washington D.C.

Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, along with Rep. Ralph Abraham, are pushing to get the research station funded through the Interior-Environment Appropriations Minibus Bill.

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