May 19, 2022

Homeland Security names forestry and wood products as essential industry

The US Department of Homeland Security has identified the wood products industry as a critical infrastructure workforce in the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Homeland Security has designated “workers who support the manufacturing and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to, lumber, paper and other wood products” as essential.

Health care providers, law enforcement and public safety, as well as workers in public services and transport were also deemed essential. These workers are part of the “overall federal effort to keep the nation’s critical infrastructure safe and resilient” during the pandemic response.

“This designation underscores the critical role our more than 3,500 team members play in producing high-quality wood products to help build affordable housing, emergency shelters and healthcare facilities in Canada. North America, ”said Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery. “Our industry will continue to support the supply chain of materials critical to response and recovery efforts. “

Although the federal guidelines are advisory only, on March 19, 2020, the state of California issued an order directing all people living in the state to “stay at home.” . . except as necessary to maintain the continued operation of federal critical infrastructure sectors.

The California ordinance adopted the federal guidelines, which now set the standard in California for critical infrastructure. Further orders are in effect or planned for New York, Illinois and other states.

The Weed Veneer Plant in Roseburg, Calif., Will continue to operate as part of its efforts to provide essential construction products during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other states and jurisdictions may develop their own lists of essential industries and workers who would be excluded from extensive shelter in place or similar quarantine orders.