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A Mere Stump Speech? Timber Companies Wait And See If Trump Delivers

Gage Skidmore

Oregon’s timber companies are hoping the Trump Administration follows through on its pledge to revive their industry.  

While on the campaign trail -- including a Eugene visit last May – Trump suggested he’d ease federal regulations on logging.  

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Logs are unloaded at Lane County Fairgrounds during setup for the 79th annual Oregon Logging Conference.

Milt Moran is with Cascade Timber Consulting in Sweet Home, and is in Eugene for the 79th annual Oregon Logging Conference.  He admits it’s too soon to know just what the White House will roll out, and when.

“It would be interesting to see what happens with federal timber sales, some of those sales that have been marked and approved for timber removal," says Moran.  

"And he’s just trying to get things movin', and so it’ll be interest to see how that happens. But we’re optimistic.”   

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Over the decades, lumber companies in Oregon have dealt with shifting markets, and the controversial protection of the spotted owl and old growth forests. 

Oregon remains a major producer of domestic softwood lumber, and it’s one of the top states for lumber jobs. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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