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Would more logging really mean more money?

Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, questions whether a plan to increase timber harvest on state endowment lands will actually mean more income for the state, with timber prices so far down and construction depressed. His question came during the state Department of Lands budget hearing on Monday morning. (Betsy Russell)
Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, questions whether a plan to increase timber harvest on state endowment lands will actually mean more income for the state, with timber prices so far down and construction depressed. His question came during the state Department of Lands budget hearing on Monday morning. (Betsy Russell)

The state Department of Lands is proposing to increase its timber harvest on state endowment lands by 35 million board-feet a year, from 212 million board-feet a year to 247. Income to the state endowment would rise by 20.2 percent, Director George Bacon told JFAC. Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, asked whether the increase in logging really would mean more income, with timber prices down. "Would it truly be an increase in revenues?" Patrick asked, noting "supply and demand," and adding, "Certainly there's not a lot of building going on." Bacon responded that timber prices are down significantly. However, he said, "This activity should hit the street at the same time our prices are going up." Plus, he said, the department also is looking at "what do our forests need to be healthy. A lot of the things we need to do, we need to do regardless."



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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