Kitzhaber issues order to promote wood products & sustainable forests

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

Governor John Kitzhaber spoke at OFIC’s Annual Meeting earlier this week and announced his latest Executive Order designed to promote Oregon’s wood products and sustainable forest management.

“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.”

The order asks state agencies to play a role in developing and promoting innovative uses of Oregon wood and asks the Oregon Department of Forestry to develop a way to rate wood products on their sustainability credentials.

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.

To read the full Executive Order click here.

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