Last month, the only remaining sawmill left in Grant County announced that it would close its doors after running for over 30 years. However, after a huge uproar by some unlikely allies including environmental groups, senators and the timber industry, Malheur Lumber Co. was able to pull through and save their 90 employes.
The US Forest Service will lend a hand in funding the effort. It is currently in the process of drafting a 10 year agreement that will try to ensure the company stays afloat.
The groups hope the allocated resources and funding will keep the mill active. The sawmill will be used on thinning and restoration projects in Malheur National Forest, which should help decrease the chances of wildfires. Malheur Lumber Company will continue to operate their biomass facility as well.
What questions do you have for those involved in the rescue of the Malheur Lumber Company?
- Bruce Daucsavage: President of Ochoco Lumber Company
- Teresa Raaf: Malheur National Forest Supervisor