SONORA — The ninth annual Natural Resources Summit will take place Friday morning, giving advocates of logging and water development a chance to state their case.
The free event, held by state Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, comes two months after closure of the Standard sawmill dealt a sharp blow to Tuolumne County's timber industry.
The organizers will press their belief that careful logging can keep the woods safe from wildfire while improving the quality and quantity of the water that runs off to farms and cities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and beyond.
"The goal has always been, through education, to do what we can to promote healthy forests and what they mean to the economy of Tuolumne County," Cogdill said Tuesday.
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He is sponsoring the summit with the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment. Also taking part will be Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, who, like Cogdill, represents the foothill county.
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The keynote speaker will be Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He is a prominent skeptic about the assertion that the climate is changing because of a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Steve Brink, vice president of public resources for the California Forestry Association, will speak on timber industry issues.
Donn Zea, president and chief executive officer of the Northern California Water Association, will address statewide water issues. The summit comes as state lawmakers draw closer to voting on a package of bills aimed at increasing reservoir storage while improving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
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