ST. PAUL, MINN. – The forestry industry helps Minnesota’s economy thrive; in fact this renewable $9.7 billion industry employs more than 40,000 Minnesotans. On Tuesday leaders from both the Grand Rapids and Bemidji area forestry affairs councils arrived to speak with Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) and other forestry champions in the legislature for Forestry Day at the Capitol.
“Timber harvesting and forest products manufacturing are essential to maintaining healthy forests – and jobs for hard-working Minnesotans. The forestry industry touches all corners of our state, in fact nearly 300 Minnesota cities are home to businesses from which the forest products industry purchases goods or services,” said Sen. Saxhaug.
The forestry leaders came to the Capitol to discuss a number of legislative priorities. Number one on the list was ensuring the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is able to put up a minimum of 800,000 cords per year. This is important not only for the maintenance of a productive and healthy forest, but also for the success of the timber industry. Other priorities include support of new economic development programs that will help grow Minnesota’s wood products industry.
“I have introduced several bills this session relating to the wood products and forest industry. It’s important that this industry be able to modernize and adapt to the needs of the 21st century – and that’s exactly what my bills aim to address,” said Sen. Saxhaug.
If you have questions about this legislation or any other legislation this session you can email Sen. Saxhaug at Tomsax@senate.mn or call his office at (651) 296-4136.