Vermont loggers looking for financial relief from wetter weather patterns

By Keith Witcomb Jr.
Rutland Herald
March 8, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Persistent wet weather across the region have made working in the woods tough for Vermont loggers, who are looking for financial help from the state. Dana Doran, executive director of Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast, said Thursday that the timber industry is looking to the House Committee on Agriculture, Food Resiliency and Forestry for two things right now. One is about $1 million for flood relief for logging contractors through the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program, the other is ongoing funding to build structures they need to work in wet conditions without damaging the land and groundwater. According to Doran, some funds that went to Vermont farmers following the summer floods of 2023 didn’t go to loggers. Though the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers logging to be agriculture, farmer relief funds are often tied to a specific location, making logging contractors who move around often unable to tap them.

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