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Lawmakers back timber industry as a way to reduce Washington’s carbon emissions

By Cameron Sheppard
The Chinook Observer
February 11, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Washington state legislators are organizing bipartisan support for the timber industry amid the realization that forestry draws carbon from the atmosphere and could help the state meet its carbon reduction goals. House Bill 2528 and companion Senate Bill 6355 intend to support the growth of forestry and promote the production and use of timber products in the state. …Cindy Mitchell, Washington Forest Protection Association, said… the state’s 8 million privately-owned acres of working forests account for a 12% annual reduction of the state’s carbon emissions. …Jason Spadaro, President of SDS Lumber, told the committee this legislation would recognize the forestry and timber industry as part of the solution to climate change. Spadaro said this bill would… incentivize the management of forests and therefore reduce wildfire risk.

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