The endangered timber species that make up the BDO Timber Processing Industry of Western Washington are the only ones on the endangered list in the state, which is also home to the world's largest timber market.According to the state Office of Wildlife Resources, the state's native forest species are being lost at an alarming rate, with fewer than 5,000 mature trees remaining in the western U.S. a...
The Australian Timber Industry Association (ATIA) says the federal government’s decision to impose a moratorium on logging on public land will have no impact on the industry.
The moratorium is expected to apply from this month.
The Association says the industry has been hit hard by the loss of $1.5 billion in federal funding since the Turnbull Government took office, while the Government has committed to spending $1 billion on forestry projects.
“Our members have been devastated,” ATIA chief executive Rod Sims said.
“We’re looking at a loss of at least $300 million over the next 10 years.”
Timber processing, which has grown by about 40 per cent in the past five years, employs about 8,000 people across the country.
The company’s chairman and CEO Paul O’Brien said the Government’s move would be a “big loss” to the industry and affected workers.
“The Government has announced they’re going to stop logging and the moratorium will not have any impact on them,” Mr O’Briens said.
Mr O’Sullivan said he was still waiting for information from the Government on how the moratorium would affect the timber industry.
“I think it’s an important step, but the Government hasn’t put any timeframe on when they’re actually going to start logging,” he said.
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