Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Visits Hayward

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM CDT

Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got a first hand look today on how the forestry industry works.

According to the Governor's office, Wisconsin is the nation's leader in shipments of forest products, totaling nearly 20 billion dollars per year.

However, business could use a bit more help when it comes to the workforce.

"They need help in workforce development...a lot of their employees are either at or of retirement age so the resources we just put into the state budget will be important to make sure they have the workers they need to fill these spots," said Wis. Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin has a strong forestry industry, making it the second largest manufacturing industry in the state which prompted the Governor's visit to Hayward, Wis.

"He really understands the economic value of the timber industry and jobs that can be created and sustained in the sate and lake states region as a whole," said Rich Good, owner of Rich Good Truking and Logging of Hayward.

Walker visited several different logging and manufacturing sites, where the environment is a key component in maintaining the industry.

"Its about public awareness like this trip and highlighting the fact that actually having a good harvest in our forest helps keep a healthier forest. Sometimes I think people have the misconception that taking timber out of the forest is a negative when it's actually a positive," said Walker.

The governor also made an important announcement at his last stop, nominating Gary Zimmer to the Natural Resources Board.

"I was kind of shocked to get the call, I planned on applying and did apply for the position and I feel the 37 years I spent in the industry the natural resources industry, this is a culmination of that, the opportunity to serve," said Zimmer.

Walker says Zimmer would be a great advocate of sustainably managing our forests.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.