Kitzhaber issues order to support local wood

Kitzhaber issues order to support local wood

Gov. John Kitzhaber issue an executive order directing state agencies to promote and expand the market for Oregon wood products.

"Oregon is a leader in products that come from sustainably managed forests,” Kitzhaber said in a prepared statement. "Increasing the market for these products helps conserve forests and strengthen surrounding communities, while supporting our broader work to manage forest lands for long-term economic and environmental health."

Kitzhaber also announced his plan to convene a group of county, industry and environmental leaders to come up with a plan to help improve the financial stability of counties affected by the end of federal timber payments. He's also asking the group come up with a plan that addresses forest management in those counties that will be presented to the U.S. Congress.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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