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The timber industry was having issues before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tariffs from China were putting a strain on the industry.

Then the pandemic hit, and mills slowed production or closed altogether.

While lumber prices shot up during the height of the pandemic, timbers harvesters and haulers weren’t benefiting from it.

It’s that cumulation that makes the relief funding for those harvesters and haulers so critical, according to Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin).

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The Timber Industry across the US has taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loggers are getting paid less for their hauls. Papermills reduced their output or shut down completely.

Verso Mill in Wisconsin Rapids was as one of them.

As WXPR previously reported, the mill used 1.5 million tons of wood each year. That’s about 25% percent of total production in Wisconsin.