Timber Industry Optimistic About CNNF Harvests

Apr 6, 2015

The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is working with partners to help carry out forest management projects, and that could be good news for the timber industry.

The forest products industry has complained that the national forest isn’t meeting its harvest goals, while the Forest Service says it doesn’t have enough funding to carry out all of its management projects. 

But Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says collaborations have begun to help get work done on the forest. 

“And I think that’s going to be a huge boost for our economy, to have wood coming off there again.  We’re still gonna be short of the allowable cut, but if we can get another 25 million board feet off of there, that’s just going to be a huge plus for the whole economy of the state.”

Schienebeck says Good Neighbor Authority agreements are in progress, which can allow landowners and state foresters to help prepare timber sales.

And a recent stewardship agreement between the nonprofit Sustainable Resources Institute and the Chequamegon Nicolet will use money from a timber sale in Forest County to work on management projects in the area, rather than heading back to the federal treasury.