Wis. senator praises farm bill's timber provisions

Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 11:35 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation say the recently approved farm and budget bills should provide some help for the state's timber industry.

Gannett Wisconsin Media reports (http://post.cr/1fn65yF ) that low production in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has hurt the logging industry. The U.S. Forest Service has cut only 755 million board feet of its allowable 1.3 billion foot cap in the past decade.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Reid Ribble, a Green Bay-area Republican, have pushed for a farm bill provision that would let forest managers and loggers use forest roads without getting permits for problematic runoff.

Baldwin says pleased the farm bill contains that and other provisions that should help the timber industry and U.S. Forest Service manage "our working forests."

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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