Mill closures’ effects will trickle down
The logger gets a percentage of value of that cut, with the majority of profit going to the landowner. With mill closures, Blazier said it becomes more difficult for private forest owners to find loggers who are willing to cut their timber, because the hauling distance becomes farther to another mill that would accept it.
“North Louisiana has an extremely high number of private landowners, so it will affect the economy in that way,” he said.
Blazier said problems in the forestry industry did not arise overnight, but have been growing over the last 18 months.