Timber industry watching budget talks

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Apr 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) Timber producers are hopeful another $8 million proposed for forestry management will stay in the state budget to help sustain the industry.

Industry representatives say the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wouldn't have been able to consistently produce 800,000 cords of wood a year under Gov. Mark Dayton's original budget proposal. Eight-hundred-thousand cords is considered a production mark needed to sustain the timber industry.

Minnesota Timber Producers Association executive Wayne Brandt says output would have decreased significantly under Dayton's original budget proposed in January. Last month Dayton appropriated $8 million more for forest management. The forestry division budget was about $38 million in the 2012 to 2013 fiscal year. That's down from about $71 million in fiscal year 2008 to 2009.

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