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Wood industry makes the cut

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has listed the wood industry as an essential critical infrastructure workforce in response to the CORVID-19 pandemic.

The department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed the list to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

There are 14 categories of essential critical infrastructure workers. The wood industry is referenced under the category of Food and Agriculture as “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products.”

CISA prefaced the list by stating, “We recognize that state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the federal government is in a supporting role.

“As state and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, CISA is offering this list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions. Accordingly, this list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.”

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