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I would say in the last 20 years, we have had a major change in the mindset of America when it comes to the timber industry and how we treat it and how we use it. In the early 1900's there was a lot of clear cutting, then there was another change in mindset by the mid 60's. They started to replant what they had cut down and timber become one of our first renewable resources.
They learned to replant and work with the wildlife and not cut complete areas anymore, just sections. As an added bonus, it created fire lines that saved whole communities and a lot of wildlife.
Then in the late 80's and early 90's environmentalist realized that they could stop the timber industry by creating red tape by using the court systems to stop the cutting of trees. This really did two things here in Oregon, one it raised the price of homes, because we had to purchase our wood from other states, like North Carolina, and countries, like Canada, that hadn't abandoned the timber industry.
You see, by doing this, these environmentalists (that I may add live in homes built with wood) have raised the price of new homes, which also raised the price of existing homes, because the supply and demand was forced to rise.
Then another thing started to happen here in Oregon that our court systems didn't think of, but they should have. Our unemployment skyrocketed and our state government and schools started to have problems! Why? Because Oregon had a lot of people in the timber industry, who were paying taxes to our government, who were all of a sudden out of a job!
Complete cities were devastated because the only careers that were in these cities were timber jobs. These homes were not near major cities and the house prices dropped dramatically. These people had to move and sell their homes at a substantially discounted price, because there was no one to buy them and they had no jobs to pay the mortgages.
Oregon has become a very high tech industry state thanks to Intel and other companies like them, but if there is a major shift in that field, Oregon could literally go bankrupt within a year or two. You see the timber industry is needed as we all live in homes made of wood, and if you stop all wood cutting, like some people want we will have no place to live.
So to you environmentalists, until you live in homes that aren't made of wood and can promise every one of the people in the timber industry a job, please shut up and get a real job!
Todd Clark - Broker / Sales Coach Palazzo Realty Group Phone: (503)524-9494 Fax: (503)622-8739
I am a licensed Realtor who specializes in Washington County, Oregon and also work in both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties including the cities of Aloha, Beaverton, Canby, Clackamas, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood and Tigard. All information contained in these posts are copyrighted and cannot be used without prior written approval authorization from the author me Todd Clark. If you are looking for an outstanding agent please give me a call I would love to help you with all your real estate needs.
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