Pandemic Impacts Local Forestry and Logging Industries

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COOS COUNTY — Like many other industries on the South Coast, the forestry sector is being hit hard by the impacts brought on by the ongoing, ever-evolving new coronavirus pandemic.  

A decline in demand for wood fiber due to reduced consumption of wood products has contributed to a large number of steep challenges for both national and local forestry and logging companies looking to stay afloat amid the pandemic.

Rex Storm, the executive vice president of the Associated Oregon Loggers, a statewide trade association which represents approximately 1,000 member companies throughout the state, said at the moment consumers aren’t building or constructing as they used to. Over the past month, companies have recorded seeing a 20 to 40 percent reduction in productivity, said Storm.