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Winter Logging Update

It has been an interesting winter given we haven’t had the below zero cold temperatures we are generally accustomed to seeing by this time of the year. (Sounds like that may be changing later this week though.) With the weather we’ve had, we don’t have enough frost to do a lot of our winter logging just yet. Lack of snow has been great because it has made it easy to get through the woods, but now we need some cold to push the frost down into the ground.

We are also still dealing with challenges created with the closing of the Wisconsin Rapids Verso Mill. The shuttering of this mill has made moving pulpwood challenging, with no end in sight. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with loggers who have been able to market some of the pulpwood on their own, and we’ve sold some of it as firewood, but it is all starting to come to a head. Presently, we are having to leave a little bit more in the woods than we would have in the past. We have also updated our pulp specs and are working with loggers to leverage as much of the pulpwood as possible for our landowners. Certainly not ideal, but we are working hard to come up with solutions to this challenging situation.

If you have questions regarding your property, feel free to reach out to me or any of our foresters here at Kretz Lumber Company by calling 1-800-352-1438 or email

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