Title

"Focus on Northern Maine" piece on the lack of skilled forestry workers, which l

Authors

Vanessa Cirulli

Source

Mainebiz

Date

4-18-2005

Pages

24-25, 27

Abstract

"Focus on Northern Maine" piece on the lack of skilled forestry workers, which last year drove up pulpwood costs to an all-time high of $40-$50 a ton. Many sawmills came close to closing, and Patrick Hackley of the Forest Resources Association predicts a continued lack of workers. Last summer, due to a crackdown on the number of H-2B visas issued for temporary international workers, contractors were unable to hire the Canadians who traditionally make up a large portion of the logging workforce. In addition to the visa shortage, many younger workers no longer see logging as a desirable job. With comments by Peter Triandafillou of Huber Resources in Old Town, Reggie Beaulieu of Gerard Pelletier Inc., and Rep. Troy Jackson (D-Fort Kent).

Subjects

Sawmills, Lumbermen

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