Natural resources representatives left off first set of teams

By MITCH LIES

Capital Press

ALBANY, Ore. -- Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue said he would like to have seen agriculture included in the first edition of Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's transition teams.

Kitzhaber spokeswoman Jillian Schoene said, however, that the governor-elect will include representation from agriculture on his next round of teams, and that agriculture will be included among topics the teams will address.

"John Kitzhaber is expected to announce more teams in coming weeks focused on energy, the environment and natural resources," Schoene said.

Kitzhaber earlier this month named 10 public- and private-sector leaders to head five transition teams.

Ochoco Lumber Co. executive John Schelk and Forest Capital Partners executive Matt Donegan were chosen to serve on the teams, but no one from the agricultural sector was named.

Agriculture also was not included among topics the teams were to address.

Policy areas mentioned for the initial teams are: Economic development actions to help the needs of business; expanding Oregon's manufacturing sector; energy-efficient retrofitting in schools and other public buildings; expanding the biomass-energy sector to create more forestry jobs; and developing work forces for emerging economic sectors.

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