Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- State officials say West Virginia's timber industry lost roughly 3,000 jobs this year, and recovery still seems remote.
Deputy state forester Greg Cook told the legislature's forest management review commission on Tuesday that the industry hasn't been in such bad shape since the great depression.
Cook says the rise in new home construction over the past five months holds out the prospect of recovery.
But he says it will be a long time before the state's hardwoods industry rebounds.
The Division of Forestry is preparing a report mapping out a new strategy for West Virginia's timber industry.
Cook says that should be finished by spring.
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