Timber industry calls for end to lawsuits
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana timber industry group is calling on the state’s congressional delegation to stop litigation that has stalled logging on federal lands.
Julia Altemus of the Montana Wood Products Association tells the Missoulian that lumber prices are good but the problem is the supply.
She says lawsuits against timber projects on federal lands have left the industry at least 60 million board-feet short of capacity, and that mills are operating well below capacity.
Altemus says the industry employs 7,000 people in the state, down from the peak of 19,000 in the 1980s.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has filed numerous lawsuits against U.S. Forest Service logging projects over environmental concerns.
Its executive director, Mike Garrity says the economy, not his group, is to blame for the industry’s problems.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com