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Timber Harvesting Safety
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The U.S. wood supply system is the largest and most highly developed in the world, providing the raw material that furnishes our country’s seventh largest industrial sector: forest products. Overregulation threatens this system’s ability to continue to serve both its economic and environmental goals.
FRA members occasionally express frustration with the growing trend of local governments (counties, townships, parishes) enacting ordinances that restrict truck weights and require road bonding for timber harvesting operations.
Last week, I took a road trip in preparation for the field visits of the Lake States Region Fall meeting. My travels took me through the scenic backroads of northern Wisconsin.
The past decade has seen large-scale change in the Northeast’s forest industry. We have lost several pulp and paper mills, while seeing significant investment in others.
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