Local loggers, as well as most throughout the state, are facing many challenges. The uncertainties surrounding the Verso mill reopening and a market saturated with blowdown wood are daily concerns for logging and trucking businesses.
The state of our timber markets impact equipment dealers, tool dealers, foresters, insurance agents and landowners, too.
I want encourage everyone who is involved in the timber industry to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Itasca County Courthouse in Grand Rapids. We will have the opportunity to make our exact concerns known and share our solutions. This is a listening session that is set up specifically for our lawmakers to hear directly from the loggers themselves. It's a chance for us to talk.
State Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick as well as State Rep. Greg Davids, who is the chair of the tax committee, will be in attendance to listen to us. I would like to encourage every logging and trucking family to shut your equipment down a bit early and come prepared to share your ideas. This is worth your time and we need to speak up.