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Richard Pine

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1 hour 15 minutes


Lumber Trade -- Oregon, Forest Management -- Sustainability, Forest Stewardship Council


Interview of Richard Pine by Margie Crawford in Salem, Oregon on August 3rd, 2006.

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Richard Pine has been the president of O'Neill Pine Company since 1996. O'Neill Pine Company is a third generation family-owned, private timberland business. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies their forest practices. Richard Pine earned an MBA in Marketing from Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management.


This interview, of Richard Pine, was conducted by Margie Crawford on August 3, 2006. Pine is the President of O’Neill Pine, which is a tree growing company, during this interview Pine talks about the variety of tree species that he grows on the land and why the diversity is important to healthy tree growth. Pine briefly discusses the government regulations that have been passed and how they have mainly benefited the industry even though 17 percent of their land was made un-harvestable. He also explains how O’Neill Company believes in forest stewardship, local sourcing, and sustainable forestry and discusses how these practices are used in their company. The certification process for forestry is assessed and the challenges that have arisen with the infrastructure in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) due to generalized laws, which can directly affect the efficiency of lumber mills.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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