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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:30 pm | Updated: 6:43 pm, Wed Jan 15, 2020.

The impact of the trade war with China on the Kentucky lumber industry was the topic of a discussion for Amy McGrath and Ray White during one of her stops at the Harold-White Lumber Co. on Wednesday. 

White said the first overall industry hit was part of the recession in 2008. Around 2011 China came in as a huge consumer of North American hardwoods with the company. With the U.S. tariffs at 25 percent and additional taxes from China, the company was looking at a significant decrease practically overnight.

 “The volume that was going to China was just incredible,” said White, who is also the magistrate of District one in Rowan County. 

He estimated nearly 70 percent of his demand was from China.

Amy McGrath
Amy McGrath speaks with Ray White at the Harold White Lumber Co. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in. Morehead, Ky. Photo by Julianna Leach / The Trail Blazer by Julianna Leach

 “Congress could do something if they wanted too,” said McGrath. “They could stop this.” 

White also discussed the importance of the timber industry to Eastern Kentucky and the environmental benefits to selective cutting. He noted that not being able to access the Daniel Boone National Forest is causing an increase in invasive species and poor nourishment to the undergrowth. 

“I can’t believe that they [congress] are not jumping up and down every day trying to stop this stuff,” she said. 

McGrath also made a stop at Bill Redwine’s fundraising event at the Morehead Conference Center. Redwine was selected to run in the Feb. 25 special election for the 99th District Ky. House seat, formally occupied by Rocky Adkins. The seat covers Rowan, Elliot and Lewis counties. 

Bill Redwine
Bill Redwine during his fundraising event at the Morehead Conference Center Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in. Morehead, Ky. Photo by Julianna Leach / The Trail Blazer by Julianna Leach