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Oregon timber harvest slips below 4 billion board feet

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

Oregon's timber harvest has declined for the second year in a row.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday the 3.79 billion board feet harvested in 2015 represents an 8 percent decline from the year before.

Brandon Kaetzel, a top economist at the department, says the decrease was largely driven by a slowdown in exports to Asia.

The slowdown snapped a two-run run in which the harvest topped 4 billion board feet. Before 2013, Oregon hadn't hit that mark since 2006.

Sixty percent of Oregon's forest land is federal. Industrial and family owned lands comprise another 34 percent and the rest is divided between entities such as the state, counties and tribes.

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