Montana’s Sawmills Ponder Future Of Timber Industry

From the gateway on Half Moon Road, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber looks a lot like it did in 1923. About 200 truckloads of logs roll through every week. They get dumped in muddy yards, awaiting their time in the sawmills. The roar makes it hard to talk, even outside...

Weyerhaeuser To End Production At Montana Mills This Week

Seventy years of lumber production will come to an end this week when the Weyerhaeuser Company starts to shut down its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls. Weyerhaeuser Montana Resources Team Leader Tom Ray said lumber production will end Aug. 19, although some...

New Montana Sawmill Bucks Logging Industry Trends

Bill Fenner has cut timber along the Rocky Mountain Front for decades, but the logging industry in the 21st century isn’t what it was 30 years ago. Tightening regulations, slimmer profit margins and diminished access to standing timber have led to deep...

Log Supply A Pressing Lumber Issue In Montana

Collaboration and reform in federal forest management were the main themes Tuesday during a roundtable discussion held in the Flathead Valley by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana. During the first of three such meetings he plans to hold this week, Daines said he is...