Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. (AOL) is the statewide trade association representing
some 1,000 member companies engaged in the harvest and sustainable forest management
of Oregon’s 30 million acres of forestland. “Logger and Proud of It!”
A new 200-page report issued in October, The 2012 Forest Report - An Economic Assessment of Oregon's Forest & Wood Product Manufacturing Sector, describes the timber industry's major contribution to Oregon's economy. Published by Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the report affirms that the sector is poised to grow creating thousands of new rural jobs-given improved markets and a greater supply of public timber.
The report cautions that federal forest policies must be reformed to increase dependable timber supply and reduce catastrophic fire and pest losses. If the federal forest crisis is not redressed, Oregon could experience further decline, mill closures and wildfire disasters.