South Carolina loggers struggle as mill closures create wood surplus and economic woes

By Andrew James
May 30, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, South Carolina — This past year was historic for South Carolina timber harvesters, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A clear example of this in Georgetown County… Donnie Lambert and his team at Leo Lambert Logging were steady at work clearing and trimming their pine tree harvest. With one text message, production either stops or shifts. “It changes daily and hourly, really,” said Lambert pointing to messages from International Paper or WestRock in Florence saying orders are all filled. ….The shutdown of the mills, it’s the ripple effect,” said Crad Jaynes with the SC Timber Producer’s Association. “With the closing of West Rock and North Charleston, Pactiv Evergreen’s mill in Canton, North Carolina. Sonoco Products Company in Hartsville changing to 100% recycled material to make their products and not take raw wood fiber.

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