It is the policy of the state of Washington to maintain and encourage long-term employment opportunities for its residents. The state recognizes the impact that high interest rates and the subsequent decline in housing construction have had an the state's wood-products industry. Those problems of declining production and employment have been exacerbated by a decline in international markets for Washington State forest products, and are of major concern to the government and people of our state.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Spellman, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby order that:
I. The Governor's Advisory Committee on Forest Products Market Development is hereby established. The Committee, chaired by the Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, shall be appointed by the Governor and shall include representatives from the forest products industry, directors of selected state agencies, U.S. Forest Service representatives, and key elected officials. The Committee shall:
A. Examine current trends and practices in the forest products industry.
B. Identify programs that are being used in order to encourage development of commercial forest products.
C. Examine the potential for export of Washington forest products and identify policies to enhance such international trade.
D. Evaluate state taxing and pricing policies as they may relate to the long- and short-term development of increased employment within the forest products industry.
E. Identify barriers to the expansion of forest products activities.
F. Submit to the Governor and the legislature reports containing recommendations for legislation, innovative programs, and other actions that will promote the purpose of this order before the 1983 Legislative Session and as may be requested by the Governor.
G. Meet regularly with the Governor to advise him on matters related to the forest products sector of our economy.
II. The Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall:
A. Provide administrative support to the Committee.
B. Coordinate with private industry the efforts of various organizations involved in natural resource policy development in order to facilitate better economic utilization of the state's natural resources.
have hereunto set
my hand and caused the seal of the State of
Washington to be affixed at Olympia this
10th day of May A.D., Nineteen hundred and eighty-two.
Secretary of State