Governor Kitzhaber today will issue an Executive Order intended to promote Oregon's wood products and expand markets for those products both domestically and abroad. The Governor announced the Executive Order while discussing forestry management issues at the Oregon Forest Industries Council's annual meeting.
"Oregon is a leader in products that come from sustainably managed forests," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Increasing the market for these products helps conserve forests and strengthen surrounding communities, while supporting our broader work to manage forestlands for long-term economic and environmental health."
The Executive Order directs state agencies to work with engaged groups to develop innovative uses for Oregon wood products and find ways to demonstrate those uses in new government construction. It also asks the Oregon Department of Forestry to work with public and private agencies to ensure that Oregon wood products are rated for their sustainability on a level playing field with other growers around the world.
While speaking at the OFIC annual meeting, the Governor also addressed challenges facing O&C counties in Oregon. The Governor is convening a group of county, industry, and environmental leaders to craft a proposal for Congress to take up in early 2013 that addresses O&C forest management. The group will be asked to develop recommendations that help Oregon counties improve financial stability, ensure adequate sources of timber that support local mills and jobs, and meet Oregon's habitat and land conservation goals.
Full text of the Executive Order: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/docs/executive_orders/eo_12-16.pdf