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Supply isn’t the problem with Montana’s timber industry | Columnists


Maine provides an excellent analogy to decipher the falsehood in the claims of Montana’s timber industry that supply is the problem.

At one time, Maine had over 100 operating wood product mills. Indeed, timber companies owned more than half of the state’s land area. Despite this advantage in timberland access, in the past 25 years, two-thirds of Maine’s remaining mills have closed.

Why? It’s not due to a lack of wood, as is suggested for RY Timber. Private timber companies owned half of Maine at one time, so they had access to their own lands for timber.

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