New committee looks to boost forestry industry
MOUNT EASTON – Former Mount Eldon Mayor Steve Bickford is hoping to persuade former Gov. Jesse Ventura and former U.S. Rep. Mike Lee to become the new chair of the state’s second-largest forestry company.
Bickford is one of about 15 hopefuls, who have been chosen to serve on the panel that will be created by the state Legislature to review the industry’s future.
The group will investigate the state’s role in the growing forests.
“I’m going to make it absolutely clear I’m not going to be looking to look after the top 1 percent, the top 2 percent,” Bickford said. “We need to look at what’s best for the American public, the American industry, for the American taxpayer.”
Bickford says the Legislature needs to do some soul-searching, but he doesn’t see that happening for now.
“I think that it will be better to have somebody with experience and expertise,” Bickford said.
The group’s executive director, John R. Fife, said Bickford will have to get through the job without any outside influences.
“A lot of the people that are on the outside looking in don’t have experience. A lot of the folks that get hired don’t have experience,” Fife said.
He said the process must be vetted by state employees. Fife says there is one reason why people like Bickford get hired and not people who have been hired before.
“The people who do these jobs are the top folks who are doing what’s happening,” Fife said. “You’re not going to be able to hire anybody who hadn’t previously worked in this field.”
The panel will begin Monda더킹카지노y and will end July 1. The board i더킹카지노ncludes people from the forestry industry, forestry science and policy, forest science and policy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Natural Resources.
Former governor Lee serves on the new committee. Bickford is not on that panel but will meet with the state’s top political leaders to help shape its agenda.
Former Republican Rep. Mark DeSaulnier is working on the board.
For Bickford, the job comes with some familiar challenges.
“I look at the state government every single day and I know my role to be that of a leader,” Bickford said. “I look at it a