To Fight Wildfire, California Gets a Surprising Solution: a New Sawmill

By Laura Bliss
Bloomberg in Yahoo! Finance
August 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

As California braces for another potentially devastating wildfire season, state officials and some environmental advocates are finding hope for forests in an unexpected place: a new sawmill under construction near Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Forest Products, LLC broke ground last month on a $10 million sawmill in Carson City, Nevada… It will be the first sawmill of its size to be built in the area in nearly a century… Many scientists say forest-thinning projects are urgently needed in the face of climate change, and the new mill’s supporters believe it will make a major impact in managing wildfires in a heavily wooded region that was threatened just last year by a massive blaze. “My jaw dropped when I heard the news,” said Forest Schafer, director with the California Tahoe Conservancy. “It’s really rare to see a success like this that will make a real difference in Lake Tahoe overall.”

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