“You cannot take Kentucky timber for granted,” said Sen. Rand Paul who was in Morehead Oct. 7, hosting a field hearing/roundtable.
The event focused on the timber industry and relationships with federal agencies to enhance regional economic development. It was held at Maysville Community and Technical College Rowan Campus.
Tariffs and forest access were mentioned as the biggest issues facing this $3 billion industry.
Sen. Paul made other stops in the area this week, visiting Frankfort, Ashland and Pikeville.
Among the participants in the Morehead hearing were Mayor Laura White-Brown, Judge-Executive Harry Clark, Ray White, CEO of Harold White Lumber Company, MCTC President/CEO Stephen Vacik and Bob Helton, executive director of the Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development, Jeffrey Stringer, chair of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at UK and Menifee County Judge-Executive Rick Stiltner.