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Contemporary logging equipment on a Lone Rock worksite in north Douglas County.

The federal Department of Homeland Security has identified the wood products industry as an “essential critical infrastructure workforce” in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This designation underscores the critical role that our more than 3,500 team members play in producing high-quality wood products to aid in the construction of affordable housing, emergency shelters, and healthcare facilities across North America,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said in a prepared statement. “Our industry will continue to support the supply chain of materials critical to response and recovery efforts.”

The guidance lists “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper and other wood products,” along with healthcare providers, law enforcement and public safety, and utility and transportation workers. These workers are part of the “overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure” during the pandemic response.

Although the federal guidance is only an advisory, on Thursday, California issued an order directing all individuals living in the state to stay at home “except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”

The California order adopted the federal guidance, which now sets the standard in California for critical infrastructure. Consequently, Roseburg’s veneer facility in Weed, California, will continue to operate.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter


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Yes, harvesting trees is important.

Doing it sustainably is even more important.

Does anybody else notice the small diameter of the trees in this photo?

This is what I've been screaming about for the last 20 years.


Apparently, the construction of affordable housing, emergency shelters, and healthcare facilities across North America is going to be done without permitting and inspection because west coast state and county permitting agencies have notified the large construction companies their permitting offices are shutting down. West Coast construction project managers have advised me their work is grinding to a halt and are now wondering when they will be laid off.


Wondering how many Construction sites will be affected. We are currently working on 3 large projects...a new Fire Station in Central Point.....a large Umpqua College project in Coos Bay...this is a new Nurse Training Center...and a new 30000 square foot Health Clinic in Roseburg. All of these are going to be important facilities in combatting this virus.

Keep my fingers crossed that they stay open.

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