Tree disease could slam Oregon industry


Researchers guess sudden oak death has cost California landowners several million dollars. The cost to Oregon could be far greater.

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Researchers guess sudden oak death has cost California landowners several million dollars. The cost to Oregon could be far greater.

 

While California’s infestation is widespread, it mostly has hit semi-urban areas, where it has damaged property values. The disease is only beginning to reach Northern California’s timber industry.

Even then, when it does hit, California has the advantage of consuming much of its own timber for housing. Oregon, by contrast, sells about 80 percent of its wood outside the state.

Companies exporting from a quarantine zone face tight regulations. So far, South Coast Lumber is the only company operating inside Curry County’s quarantine zone.

But more companies will be regulated if the net widens, as it has in the past decade.

 

Read more in today’s Coos Bay World.




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