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.