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Washed-out roads cause logging trouble up north

HAYWARD (WKOW) -- The wet summer is taking its toll on the logging industry in Wisconsin's north woods.

Heavy rains in June and July have made logging roads nearly unusable in some parts of the state. Road conditions are making it hard for loggers to get into the woods to cut trees, according to Henry Schienebeck from the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association.

The areas that have been hardest hit are those with heavy, clay-like soil such as Iron and Ashland counties. Loggers are having better luck in areas like the Northern Highland American Legion Forest Areas where the soil is more sandy.

When the forests dry out, there could be a bright side for loggers. Schienebeck says there will eventually be a demand from paper mills, which are low on pulpwood inventory.


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