Minnesota: Forests celebrate timber industry demise

The north woods of Minnesota used to be filled with the sounds of
chainsaws and the shouts of Timber! However the forest has grown
silent in the past decade. Peter Wood a logger says “The loggers are
not replenishing themselves, young people are not getting into it,
it’s getting a little worse and worse, because it’s very hard work
it’s not easy and it’s not for the light hearted.”

Peter Wood is a
third generation logger from Canyon Minnesota. He says it’s not just
young people not joining the profession that’s hurting the timber
industry. “What we get at the mill and what it costs to do this
business it’s like burning the candle at both ends pretty soon those
tips will pass each other. We’re not keeping up financially, and the
parts supply, the fuel supply it’s all outrunning what we get.” Four
timber mills in Minnesota have already closed causing nearly 20
percent of roughly 350 logging companies to go out business. Wood says
he doesn’t expect those companies to be replaced. “I personally know
some loggers that have gone out business and they won’t come back.
It’s too expensive and why would they.” Despite the economic downturn
and bad reports on the logging industry, Woods says he’s not nervous
because he’s gone though a recession before and thinks he can weather
this latest storm. In Canyon, Trevor Roy, The NorthlandsNewscenter.
The slump in the housing market is being blamed for the falling timber
prices. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28394417/

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