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    :: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 ::

    Tough times in timber - By CHAD CALDER, 2theadvocate.com, LA
    In recent decades, the timber industry has evolved to use fewer loggers and bigger equipment, leaving the work at many small tree farms with no one to do it.

    Toss in high fuel costs, an acute labor shortage, a lack of places for workers to stay and a glut of timber depressing prices and the mess caused by the hurricanes is easy to comprehend.

    Lanoux said many of the smaller crews that could normally work with the smaller landowners have gone to do work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Jenkins said many are in the cities and suburbs taking downed trees off of houses.

    'If a logger has an extra loader and a small skidder and a truck, they're making money getting trees off of houses,' he said, adding he's heard of people asking as much as $2,700 to get two trees off a house.
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