Loss of local wood manufacturing will affect you

Letter by Tom Perry, Missoula
The Missoulian
April 9, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There is an even larger impact on our local economy beyond the significant loss of direct and indirect jobs from the impending closure of Pyramid Mountain Lumber. The mill directly affects the flow of revenue to our community’s education system and local infrastructure. State Trust lands are managed to return revenue to the school trust to fund our public school system. Forest products have been the backbone of state trust land revenue for generations. Without a mill to sell logs to, the state will not be able to generate revenue from managing forests. ….In the short term it will mean less money for public education. …Without mills, and a strong network of foresters and logging contractors this money is off the table. …There are two likely outcomes … either taxes will go up, or the funding available for education and road maintenance will go down.

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