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More Logging Going To Foreign Countries

A new state report says California´s efforts to protect its own forestland is spurring more logging in other nations — particularly Canada — to feed construction in the nation´s most populous state.

The draft report by the state Department of Forestry is to be presented to the Board of Forestry this week. It says California consumes nearly 15 percent of all the wood and paper used in the United States — the most of any state.

California´s lumber production is at its lowest level in 20 years, while its timber harvests have fallen 60 percent since 1988.

The state imports about 75 percent of its wood and paper products from Oregon, the Southeast, Canada and Europe.