§5-24-4. Powers, duties and responsibilities

Published: 2015

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WVC 5-24-4

§5-24-4. Powers, duties and responsibilities.

The commission shall have the power, duty and responsibility


(a) Generally assist in the retention, expansion and

attraction of forestry and forestry related industries by creating

a climate for the development and support of the industry.

(b) Coordinate the current efforts to enhance and promote the

expansion of the forestry industry among the several state and

federal agencies, commissions, boards, committees, associations and

other entities.

(c) Urge the development of multiple-use sustained-yield

management plans for nonindustrial timber tracts.

(d) Develop products and markets for the grade of materials

that currently comprise a majority of the state's resources.

(e) Recommend a stable and predictable tax program for both

new and existing firms in the state.

(f) Develop a centralized and enhanced protection program that

will reduce risks from fire and pestilence.

(g) Develop financial assistance for the attraction and

expansion of new and existing secondary manufacturing facilities,

with special emphasis on assistance for smaller firms employing

less than twenty persons.

(h) Utilize recognized research expertise of appropriate

existing educational, public and industrial institutions or

agencies of the state. Research shall include economic development efforts in West Virginia, including silviculture, wood land

management, forest management, the development of new products as

well as other products designed to aid forestry development.

(i) Employ, if needed, and only with prior approval of the

West Virginia Legislature's joint committee on government and

finance, such staff as may be necessary. In the event an executive

director may be necessary, such individual shall be a forestry

graduate of a four-year college of forestry and shall, in addition,

have administrative and research experience, preferably, but not

mandatorily, with at least five years' experience in government.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session

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