OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

Lech Muszynski, an associate professor at Oregon State University's forestry school, was once a doubter for different reasons. "My first thought was, 'This is a terrible use of timber,'" he said. Then the technology evolved. Muszynski spent a sabbatical touring Europe to visit large and small CLT manufacturing plants. About 80 percent of all CLT is currently produced in a section of Alpine Europe that fits inside the square footage of Oregon. With the size of the state and the amount of wood on hand, he saw an easy sell.