YREKA, Calif. — The United State Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management is ordering timber companies on federal land to stop logging until the government shutdown ends.
Timber Products is one of the companies being affected. Currently, 40% of the timber coming into the Timber Products facility is harvested from federally owned land, but that timber will stop flowing starting in the middle of next week.
Earlier this week, Timber Products received a letter in the mail, stating all of their equipment and private contractors were required to vacate federal land within 7 days. They are required to stay off the federal property until the government shutdown ends.
Most of the loggers bringing in the timber are private contractors, some of which are harvesting timber off of the federal land. The will be left jobless until the government reopens.
Timber Products says it has some flexibility, given their current inventory levels, and that they will be able to make it through the wet winter. The money earned from timber harvested on federal land goes to the U.S. Treasury Department, and from there, some of it is dispersed out to states and counties.