A logger from Minnesota said he supports President Donald Trumps reelection because the president saved the timber industry from the Washington establishment and environmentalists.
Scott Dane, the executive director of Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota, criticized the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for doing nothing for the timber industry.
“But the last time Joe Biden was in the White House, Minnesota lost over half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline,” he said in a speech on the third night of the Republican National Convention (RNC). “In 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasnt done anything for the timber industry.”
He also criticized the Obama-Biden administration for its lack of action when plants were closed in Duluth, Sartel, and International Falls.
“Under Obama-Biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forests,” he said.
The Biden campaign didnt immediately respond to an email request for comment.
Dane supports Trumps policies toward forest management and believes that “managed forests … are healthy forests.”
His remarks on Wednesday came as portions of Californias forests were engulfed by wildfires and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate.
More than 2,000 square miles have already burned this year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
Trump has sought to balance forest management between reservation and logging.
Trump issued an executive order on Dec. 21, 2018 to allow for active management of forest and rangelands, including thinning and removing debris from millions of acres of federal lands.
The order also called on federal officials to streamline regulations and permitting processes to allow the harvest of at least 3.8 billion board feet from U.S. Forest Service lands and 600 million board feet from Bureau of Land Management lands.
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