WEST VIRGINIA CODE
§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
(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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