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Socioeconomic study to look at impact of blows to natural resource industries

The county commissioners are moving ahead with a socioeconomic study that focuses on the impact of natural resources on the health of Crook County. The study will be added to the current natural resource management plan as a supplement addressing the impact that the county’s three top industries of timber, minerals and agriculture have on growth and economic stability.

Making use of a new state program to perform the study was suggested in March by Commissioner Jeanne Whalen in direct response to the potential for the U.S. Forest Service to make drastic reductions in the timber sale limit...