For a mill, some of the most important relationships are with the people that supply wood to the facility. As more than one mill has proven, it is very hard to run when you don’t have raw materials to operate. For suppliers, mills are the customer.
Much of the controversy over the listing of the northern spotted owl has subsided, but the memory of what took place and the impact of the listing on many rural communities in the Pacific Northwest remains.
Ticks have made headlines in recent years with seven new tick-borne pathogens having been discovered in the U.S. since 2004. The latest is called Powassan, named after the municipality in Ontario where the illness was first identified in 1958.
In 1999, New England and New York had 17 operating pulp and paper mills. Today, there are six. Much has been written about the loss of these markets and why they disappeared. That is not today’s discussion.