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Cluster Memo - 12-01-10

Cluster Memo - 12-01-10

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TO: OFIC Board of DirectorsCC: OFRI Board of DirectorsDuncan Wyse, Oregon Business CouncilPaul Barnum, OFRIFROM: Mike CloughesyDATE: Dec. 1, 2010SUBJECT: Forestry and Wood Products Cluster Update
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second-most forested state, Oregon is a national and international leader in softwood lumber production, plywood production, forestry productivity, timber harvest, logging, forestry education and wildlandfirefighting. In 2009, more than 2,200 firms directly employed 47,722 people who earned average annualsalaries of nearly $44,000
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about eight percent higher than the statewide average for wage-earners.Thousands more people are employed indirectly as a result of cluster activity.The Forestry and Wood Products Cluster is highly organized and well-established. Firms within thecluster are known for their collaboration in state and their competitiveness
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. Thefuture success of the cluster is dependent on external variables, many of which are not within
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direct control. These include national housing starts, availability of mortgage capital, competition fromnon-wood materials, and the impact of federal legislation and regulations. Current cluster health is poor,with the 2009 Oregon timber harvest the lowest since 1941, lumber prices the lowest ever (in realdollars), and a continuing decline in the number of wood products mills and overall employment.
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ion of key policy and action initiatives the cluster should focus on in 2011-12. Fifteen organizations andindividuals responded to the survey, and the cluster approved its recommendations on Dec. 1, 2010.
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Simplify and streamline regulations and permitting processes. Prevent new regulations and processes thatadd to the cost and difficulty of doing business.Firms within the cluster are concerned about the impact of recent court decisions and federal agency proposals. Specifically, these include:
 
 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System(NPDES) permit is required for stormwater runoff from logging roads.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2010 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern SpottedOwl, out for public comment until Dec. 15, which posits that habitat protection on public landmay not be sufficient and that protection may also be required on private lands.
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As its number one action initiative, the Forestry and Wood Products Cluster named restoring Oregonfederal forests to historic standards of forest health and the related use of woody biomass from theseforests for energy. Specifically, the cluster calls for the following:
 
Support implementation of the recommendations of the Federal Forestlands Advisory Committeeto encourage active management of federal forests, especially by thinning and reducing fuels ondry-side forests and supporting collaborative groups.
 
Widely communicate Oregon forest health and forest cluster and rural community economicvitality as priorities of the Governor and the State of Oregon.
 
Explore a role for the State of Oregon to directly participate in addressing federal/private forestinterface issues with respect to fires, insects and diseases.
 
Promote state and federal laws and policies which promote economic incentives and technicalassistance and reduce disincentives for biomass energy industry development.
 
Promote the development of market opportunities and removal of barriers for wood products,non-timber forest products and ecosystem services. This could include the implementation of an
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 Pages 3-15 are the full document submitted to the Oregon Business Plan.
 
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Cluster Name:
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/ Contact Information:Mike CloughesyOregon Forest Resources Institute971-673-2955cloughesy@ofri.org
 
Industry, including Components or Subsets
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Wood Products
 
 Number of Companies Involved in Cluster 
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2,284 companies in cluster 
 
Primary Organizations and Companies Involved in the Cluster:
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Weyerhaeuser 
 
Forest Capital Partners
 
Stimson Lumber 
 
Roseburg Forest Products
 
Hampton Affiliates
 
Campbell Group
 
Collins Companies
 
Plum Creek Timber 
 
Jeld-Wen
 
Ochoco Lumber 
 
InterFor Pacific
 
Georgia-Pacific
 
Longview Timber 
 
Boise Cascade
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Oregon Forest Industries Council (www.ofic.com)
 
Oregon Small Woodlands Association (www.oswa.org)
 
Associated Oregon Loggers (www.oregonloggers.org)
 
Portland Wholesale Lumber Association(www.portlandwholesalelumberassociation.org) 
 
American Forest Resources Council (www.amforest.org)
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OSU College of Forestry (www.cof.oregonstate.edu)
 
Oregon Wood Innovation Center (owic.oregonstate.edu)
 
Institute of Natural Resources (www.inr.oregonstate.edu)
 
Oregon BEST (oregonbest.org)

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