Heavy rains slow Wisconsin timber harvest
Updated 2:43 pm, Monday, July 17, 2017
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's logging industry is struggling to harvest wood because of the wet summer, leaving loggers with less money while they wait for work during better weather.
"When it rains, it doesn't just rain enough to settle the dust," he said. "We're getting an inch, inch-and-a-half, 2 inches at a time. That's really having an impact right now on the wood inventories."
Road closures or roads that are too wet to withstand heavy loads also slow down the harvesting process, he said.
"A lot of our members are self-employed, but there's also a lot of employees out there that depend on a weekly or biweekly income coming in," he said. "When it gets to the point where it's so wet that they can't get to work every day, that really disrupts that flow of not only the product, but also the income that those folks are able to bring in on a weekly basis."
Schienebeck expects that loggers should be able to find a steady stream of work in the fall when the state sees drier weather.
Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org