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Wisconsin's congressional delegation says farm bill helps timber industry

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation say the recently approved farm bill and other budget bills should help the state's timber industry.

Gannett Wisconsin Media is reporting low production in recent years in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has hurt Wisconsin's logging industry. U.S. Forest Service numbers show only 755 million board feet of the allowable 1.3 billion foot cap has been cut in the past decade.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Reid Ribble, a Green Bay-area Republican, both pushed for a farm bill provision allowing forest managers and loggers to use forest roads without getting permits for problematic runoff.

Baldwin says she's pleased the farm bill contains that and other provisions that should help Wisconsin's timber industry and U.S. Forest Service manage "our working forests."

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