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Lumber mills and wood processing plants in California employ 110,000 people, about 4% of the state-s manufacturing jobs. Yet, in the last 14 years, some 20,000 jobs have been lost. The industry says that-s primarily due to California-s unusually stringent environmental regulations. Mills move out of state or shut down, even as the appetite for lumber here grows. As a result, some 80% of the state-s need for forest products is satisfied by trees harvested outside of California. Why do so many lumber companies say they can-t make it here? Managing Editor Kyle McKinnon speaks with David Bischel of the California Forestry Association and Paul Mason of the California-s Sierra Club.
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Depletion study in Nature

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cal Poly Dept of Forestry and Natural Resources

California Forest Products Commission

Clean Air Act

Clean Water Act

Endangered Species Act

Environmental Policy Act

National Forest Management Act

Greig Smith's campaign

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Frances Anderton

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