The Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Remains Critical

The Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Remains Critical


William G. Hubbard and Leslie Boby

Policy and Administration

1707_RREA-Impact_Final.pdf — PDF document, 898Kb

RREA funds forestry Extension programs at 71 land-grant universities nationwide to provide guidance to the country‚Äôs 11 million+ forest and range landowners on best management practices. These landowners are responsible for 441 million acres of forest and rangeland.2 Management of this land strongly influences the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the nation. RREA finances thousands of educational events and learning opportunities that help private landowners keep their lands productive and healthy. The social and economic strength of working lands would be vastly diminished without this funding. Private landowners and their managed forests supply forest products companies with the wood they need. Forest products companies in the US account for nearly 4 percent total U.S. manufacturing GDP and employ close to a million men and women. 1 in 10 manufacturing jobs in 45 out of 50 states depend on the strength and resilience of this industry. 

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