Olympic Peninsula legislators express concern for timber industry

By Peter Segall
The Peninsula Daily News
May 8, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES, Washington — The Olympic Peninsula’s legislative delegation discussed priorities for next year. …An issue raised with lawmakers was the forestry industry with some attendees expressing concern about more state Department of Natural Resources’ timberlands being moved into conservation status. Revenue from state timberlands funds junior taxing districts and local education, and the local timber industry provides a number of well-paying jobs. Lawmakers said they were concerned about the health of the timber industry and said finding a balance between a robust industry and environmental stewardship is difficult. …“My view is that if we could take those trees and turn them into mass timber products and build buildings with those trees, that will sequester that carbon,” Tharinger said. …Van De Wege said. “I’m very concerned about taking more land offline. …I worry about a collapse where sawmills are going out of business.”

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